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Constantinople

1452

October

The Ottoman governor of Thessaly, Turakhan Beg, breaks through the Hexamilion wall for the fourth time and ravages the Peloponnese peninsula to prevent the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea from assisting Constantinople during the final Ottoman siege of the imperial capital.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1452

1479

December 23

on Tuesday

27 years, 2 months, 29 days later

Bernardo Bandini de' Baroncegli was captured at Constantinople, the Grand Turk having given him up. He had fled from Florence when Giuliano de' Medici was murdered, believing that his life would be safe at Constantinople.

News arrived that the Duke of Calabria had taken possession of Siena, but it was not true. However, to all intents and purposes, he was master of the place, for the Sienese were helpless, having left him come in with all his troops, and he did what he chose.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Constantinople was at 5:56 AM and sunset was at 6:03 PM.
Sunrise in Florence was at 5:56 AM and sunset was at 6:03 PM.
Sunrise in Siena was at 5:56 AM and sunset was at 6:03 PM.

1503

July 3

on Friday

23 years, 6 months, 17 days later

Extract a cover letter from Leonardo da Vinci to Sultan Bejazet (or Beyazid) II offering his services. This is dated by Charles Nicholl to July 3, 1503.

I, your servant, have heard about your intention to build a bridge from Stanboul to Galata, and that you have not done it because no man can be found capable of it. I, your servant, know how. I would raise it to the height of a building, so that no one can pass over it because it is so high ... I will make it so that a ship can pass under it even with its sails hoisted.... I would have a drawbridge so that when one wants one can pass on to the Anatolian coast.... May God make you believe these words, and consider this servant of yours always at your service.

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Realisation of a bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Constantinople was at 5:59 AM and sunset was at 6:06 PM.

1509

September 10

on Friday

6 years, 2 months, 11 days later

Istanbul earthquake destroys 109 mosques and kills an estimated 10,000 people.

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The moon was waning crescent that night.
Sunrise in Constantinople was at 5:53 AM and sunset was at 6:00 PM.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1509

1525

15 years, 3 months, 27 days later

The first French ambassador arrives in Istanbul.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1525

1529

May 10

on Friday

4 years, 4 months, 10 days later

The Turkish army under Suleiman I leaves Constantinople to invade Hungary once again.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.
Sunrise in Turkey was at 5:52 AM and sunset was at 5:59 PM.
Sunrise in Constantinople was at 5:52 AM and sunset was at 5:59 PM.
Sunrise in Hungary was at 5:52 AM and sunset was at 5:59 PM.

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