The program began with images taken by a drone of routes Fatih Sultan Mehmet navigated and arrived at Hagia Sophia by carrying ships on land while conquering Istanbul.

A presentation with the theme of the conquest of Istanbul was performed on a platform in front of the museum.
A presentation with the theme of the conquest of Istanbul was performed on a platform in front of the museum. (AA)

The conquest of Istanbul was celebrated Friday, 567 years after Fatih Sultan Mehmet also known as Mehmed the Conqueror gained victory in Istanbul, with a special program in Hagia Sophia.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism organised the "Conquest Feast in Hagia Sophia" in coordination with Turkish Presidency Directorate of Communications as part of celebrations throughout the day.

Firework demonstration held at historical peninsula during an event at Hagia Sophia, marking 567th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul, on May 29, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Firework demonstration held at historical peninsula during an event at Hagia Sophia, marking 567th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul, on May 29, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (AA)

The program began with images taken by a drone of routes Fatih Sultan Mehmet navigated and arrived at Hagia Sophia by carrying ships on land while conquering Istanbul.

Turkey celebrated the 567th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul, dubbed as the start of a new era.
Turkey celebrated the 567th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul, dubbed as the start of a new era. (AA)

The program was followed with the recitation of the 48th chapter of the Quran, surah Al Fath, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewing via video.

Erdogan expressed gratitude to all those who did not abandon Hagia Sophia, the heirloom of the conquest.

The Surah al Fath recitation held during an event at Hagia Sophia marking 567th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul, on May 29, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Surah al Fath recitation held during an event at Hagia Sophia marking 567th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul, on May 29, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (AA)

He stressed it was important to remember the 567th anniversary with prayers and surah Al Fatḥ.

Erdogan said he had dedicated his life to his beloved Istanbul and noted that if the city was somehow removed from Earth, world history would have to be rewritten.

Firework demonstration held at historical peninsula during an event at Hagia Sophia, marking 567th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul, on May 29, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Firework demonstration held at historical peninsula during an event at Hagia Sophia, marking 567th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul, on May 29, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (AA)

A presentation with the theme of the conquest of Istanbul was performed on a platform in front of the museum.

The Conquest Feast ended with a firework display from the Historic Peninsula.

Programs were broadcast on social media accounts, television channels and the YouTube channels of the Presidency and Directorate of Communications.

Source: AA