History Of The Ottoman Empire

Map Of Ottoman Empire History Facts

The article gives you overview about the history of the Ottoman Empire with explanatory maps. If you may be interested in the subjetct: Some other related articles given link by the blue colour. I hope you enjoy it.

Ottoman Empire’s Greatest Achivements

Ottoman Turks founded one of the longest-lasting and mighty Empire of the world following the collapse of Seljuk Turks. Ottoman Empire’s Kings (also known as Sultan) dominated majority of the central world from 15th century to the 19th century.

The heartland of Ottoman Empire was the Asia Minor (also known as Anatolia). The land has a significance due to its position like a bridge. The Asia Minor, however, key point that binds Asian and European continents after all.

Map Of Ottoman Empire At Its Height

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Ottoman Empire At Its Height

Capturing Of Constantinople

Ottoman Empire stood out as a prominent power in Europe and Asia by the time of the seizure of Constantinople in 1453. Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II (The Conqueror) grabbed the great capital of Byzantine Empire and there shortly after proclaimed it as Ottoman State’s new capital.

The local historians take this date as the beginning of the imperial era for Ottomans. It’s evolved from a State into an Empire since the Constantinople was the center of trade routes. Most valuable city of middle ages.

Map of Ottoman Empire Greatest Achivements
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Map Of Ottoman Empire

Domination Of Silk Route

The most important trade routes that are known to history of the human kind, silk and spice roads of the ancient ages. These lands are controlled by Romans, Byzantines and finally the Ottomans. Whoever dominated these lands, became a serious power in the past. The money flooded to the state treasury only until the geographical expedition of Europe’s enlightenment era, following the reform and renaissance.

Ottoman Sultan Greeting People In The Courtyard Of Topkapı Palace
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Ottoman Sultan

Spread Of Ottomans In Eastern Europe

Ottomans made their way deep into the Balkans. They invaded Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Croitia. Only until they are stopped by a united European army by the gates of Vienna. Vienna was a hilly city with the fortified defensive walls.

Ottoman artillery were unprepared for this strong walls so they stopped by the gates of Vienna.  They are attacked by the united army and defeated. They regrouped and considered attacking once more, but they minded about the upcoming winter and retreat eventually.

Ottoman Army On The Field With Janisarry Soldiers
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Ottoman Soldiers

Ottoman Empire’s Largest Borders

Ottoman Empire reached to its peak point by the Sultan Suleiman. The period from 1451 to 1566 refers to the greatest time of the Ottomans. Because Sultan Mehmed II elevated to the throne by 1451 and Ottomans reached to their heyday by the 1566 the death of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

Suleiman the Magnificent was the greatest ruler throughout the Ottoman History. He was a great statesman known for his just personality. He is known as the Suleiman the Lawgiver (In the eastern world) because of his regulations about the Turkish law. His legislations are known to entire Middle East, Caucasus and Egypt.

The people of those lands, lived in peace for hundreds of years due to the foundations of Suleiman. Only until the 19th century, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire caused Middle East turned into disorder.

Ottoman People In 19th Century
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Ottoman People

Fall Of The Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Empire’s long and steady collapse started with the Treaty of Karlowitz (in 1699) and lasted until the Great War of 1914.

The three illustrative maps that are showing the rise of the Ottoman Empire as well as the fall of the Ottoman Empire in a very clear way. For more information you may visit Map Of Ottoman Empire post.

Decline Of The Ottoman Empire On A Map
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Ottoman Empire Map

Ottoman Heritage In Istanbul

Ottoman Empire left a vast heritage in Turkey, especially in its former capital Istanbul. Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Çırağan Palace are the well-known palaces of Istanbul. Blue Mosque,  Süleymaniye Mosque, Fatih Mosque, New Mosque, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Ortaköy Mosque are the widely-known mosques of Istanbul.

You may consider booking a private tour guide in Istanbul to get better knowledge about this diverse history.

Further Reading:

Suleiman The Magnificent Life, Family, TV Series


By Serhat Engul

Private Tour Guide In Istanbul

serhateng@gmail.com

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