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1481: Death of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

1481: Death of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / The tomb of Mehmed II (d.1481) in Fatih, Istanbul

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  • Historical event
  • 3 May 1481
  • Mehmed the Conqueror expanded the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire all the way to Bosnia (conquered in 1463). Indeed, Mehmed II was so ambitious that he even attacked Italy with his ships.

 

On this day died one of the most famous Ottoman Sultans – Mehmed the Conqueror.

He is known for conquering Constantinople in 1453 and for expanding the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire all the way to Bosnia (conquered in 1463).

Mehmed II was so ambitious that he even attacked Italy with his ships. Namely, in 1480, the Turkish forces managed to occupy the Italian city of Otranto on the Mediterranean Sea.

According to legend, the arrogant Turks converted the cathedral in Otranto into a stable, which was grave sacrilege.

However, on this day Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror died, at the age of only 49 years. There is an opinion that he was poisoned, but no one knows by whom.

Some suspect by his son Bayezid II, who succeeded him. Mehmed the Conqueror was the great-grandfather of Suleiman the Magnificent in the direct male line.

After the death of Mehmed II, the mentioned Italian city of Otranto was liberated from the Turks.

For Mehmed II it is interesting that after the conquest of Constantinople he carried the title “Kayser-i-Rûm” (Roman Emperor), because Constantinople was, for a long time, the capital of Eastern Roman Empire, i.e. Byzantine Empire.

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