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Istanbul, Turkey

Panorama 1453 Museum

Step back in time and witness the fall of Constantinople. 

This 360 degree painting depicts the conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) by the Ottoman armies in 1453.

From April 5 to May 29, 1453, the armies of 21 year old Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II held the city of Constantinople hostage. The triumph of the ottoman empire in the battle led not only to the fall of Byzantine Constantinople, but marked the end of the Roman Empire. The city became the new capitol of the Ottoman Empire.

The painting is 38 meters in diameter, designed to create a fully immersive effect of stepping back in time. Panoramas like this were very popular in the Victorian era.

Located in the Topkapi Cultural Park, the museum opened in 2009 close to the Topkapi walls where the Ottoman soldiers entered Constantinople.