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In May 1453, the Ottomans sacked and invaded Constantinople, renaming it Istanbul. Taken outdoors somewhere in Sultanahmet. Initially I thought it may have been the Panorama 1453 Museum, Topkapi Cultural Park, but there is grass in the bottom right corner so it wasn't taken indoors. There is a lot happening here. The Byzantines had stretched heavy anchor chains across the narrow entrance to the Golden Horn as depicted here:

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The Ottomans are camped outside the city defense walls near Galata Tower (centre) after a long siege. They devised a plan to enter the city by using roller logs and dragging the ships up, over and down the steep hill near Galata Tower. You can see the successfully relaunched ships entering the Golden Horn at right. The artist has used some poetic license because the modern layout of the city is depicted on the opposite shore, complete with modern ferries, expressway ramps (over 400 years before cars were invented) and Aya Soyfa and its 4 minarets are visible, before the conquest of Hagia Sophia and its conversion to a mosque! Probably just so people can get their bearings using contemporary landmarks. This was one of several shots I took somewhere near the Egyptian Obelisk.

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