Conquest of Istanbul

Drones, lighting and projection combine in a dazzling multidiscipline show to celebrate the most important date on Istanbul’s calendar.

Every year on 29 May, the city of Istanbul celebrates the fall of Constantinople. Known locally as the Conquest of Istanbul, the holiday is marked with annual celebrations, with largescale public events that retell the tale of the historic 1453 siege, which saw Sultan Mehmed II’s army overwhelm the Byzantine troops to claim the city we now know as Istanbul for the Ottoman Empire.

Photos: Emre Dorter