Erdogan comments on the 564th anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople
Today marks the 564th anniversary of Mehmet the Conqueror’s capture of the Constantinople, which effectively marked the end of the Byzantine Empire and the beginning or solidification of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish celebration of this momentous event–an event which modern Turks understandably consider as a great and seminal past accomplishment–appears rather low key, at least not like it was last year.1
The day’s most impressive commemoration occurred at Istanbul third airport, which is still under construction, where a parade of 1,453 trucks (the same number as the year in which Constantinople fell) was arranged.2 The parade may be a new Guinness world record “in the longest truck parade category.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the following statement on the anniversary:3
“Istanbul, which had been a capital for different states and cultures since its foundation, has become the center of peaceful coexistence and tolerance under the fair rule of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. … The conquest of Istanbul, which is regarded as one of the most important milestones of world history in terms of its social, cultural and political consequences, is a victory full of lessons for us and for all humanity.”
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım made his own statement saying, “The conquest of Istanbul has set a new direction for the world history in terms of political, social and cultural consequences.”
For those interested to learn about the historical story of the great battle that occurred 564 years ago, you can read my post The Fall of Constantinople.
 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1453-trucks-at-under-construction-third-airport-attempt-to-break-record-on-anniversary-of-istanbuls-conquest.aspx?pageID=238&nID=113661&NewsCatID=341 , https://www.dailysabah.com/tourism/2017/05/29/parade-of-1453-trucks-makes-guinness-record-attempt-marks-istanbuls-conquest