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    The Byzantine Empire, or Eastern Roman Empire, was the predominantly Greek-speaking continuation of the eastern part of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), originally founded as Byzantium. It survived the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 under the reign of Mehmed the Second.

    P: (just a fun little unrelated pin) Constantinople, which was once the capital of The Byzantine Empire and was under the control of the Greeks, was conquered by the Turks in the 15th century and renamed to Istanbul.

    Istanbul, Turkey On my top "to see" list. I'd love to see the pinnacle of the conversion of the cultures.

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    Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Subhanallah it was such a humbling experience in Turkey. I love love love the building.

    De Sultan-Ahmet of Blauwe moskee in Istanbul staat in het hart van de stad tegenover de Aya Sofia. (1988)

    Istanbul, Turkey in 26 days!

    Hanging lamps at the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey (by guzi4real).