“O Constantinople! Either you will take me or I will take you,”
 
Mehmed the Conqueror

·         Ascended to the throne at the age of 12.
·         Sacked Constantinople at the age of 21.
·         Mehmed 11 was the architect of victories that inspired fear throughout Europe.
·         Deliverer of the death blow to Byzantium.
·         Three Popes called for Crusades against him.
·         A Renaissance Prince whose court housed Persian and Turkish poets, Arab and Greek astronomers, Italian scholars and artists.
·         A tactician supreme, he ordered more than 70 ships over land from the Bosphorus to the Golden Horn.
·         A figure unparalleled in the history of military prowess, statecraft and a lover and patron of the arts and sciences.
·         Considered the Greatest of all Sultans.