26.10.

1689: Christian Forces Penetrate deep into the Ottoman Empire and Raze Skopje

1689: Christian Forces Penetrate deep into the Ottoman Empire and Raze Skopje
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  • historical event:
  • After the failed Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683, Christian forces launched a counterattack. They managed to penetrate so deep into the Ottoman Empire that they reached Kosovo and what is now Macedonia.

On this day in 1689, a catastrophic fire broke out in Skopje, destroying a large part of the city within only a few days. The fire was allegedly started by the Austrian invaders, who had managed to penetrate deep into the Ottoman Empire. Namely, after the failed Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683, Christian forces had launched a counterattack.

The border of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire in 1683 was located near the current border of Austria and Hungary, and even the area of modern Nagykanizsa and southern Slovakia found themselves under Ottoman rule. The Christians managed to penetrate so deep into the Ottoman Empire that they reached Kosovo and what is now Macedonia. There was a cholera epidemic in Skopje at that time, and this was probably one of the reasons the Habsburg forces burned it to the ground.

 

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