The conquest of Istanbul was celebrated on May 29, 567 years after Fatih Sultan Mehmet gained victory in Istanbul, with a special program in Hagia Sophia.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism organized "Conquest Feast in Hagia Sophia" in coordination with the Turkish Presidency Directorate of Communications as part of celebrations throughout the day.
Turkey on May 29 marked the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul on its 567th anniversary with a series of events.
Sultan Mehmet II conquered the city from where the Byzantines ruled the Eastern Roman Empire for more than 1,000 years.
The conquest transformed the city, once the heart of the Byzantine realm, into the capital of the new Ottoman Empire.
"We will conquer mosques," proclaimed Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, on May 27 as he announced the Turkish government's plan to reopen mosques for public worship after a Covid-19 hiatus. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested the reopening, originally planned for June 12, to be pulled back to May 29.
Turkey's Fatih drilling vessel is set to sail off to the Black Sea on May 29, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said at the inauguration ceremony of the Democracy end Freedoms Island.
"Our Fatih drilling ship will cross the Bosphorus on 29 May and go to the Black Sea for a new drilling," he said on May 27.
As Turkish nationals crawl out of weeks of stay-at-home orders amid the country's normalization phase, mass prayers in mosques across Turkey will begin with the Friday prayer that will be held on May 28.
The country's iconic mosques are about to complete their final preparations for mass prayers that will begin after a two-and-a-half-month break.