National Geographic : 1957 Sep
() National Ueographic Society 416 Rumeli Hisar's Crumbling Turrets Recall the Might of Ottoman Turkey Constantinople stood for more than a thousand years as the eastern bastion of Christianity. Mohammed the Conqueror, bent on its seizure, built Rumeli Hisar in four and a half frenzied months. The city's fall, after an eight-week siege; established Ottoman rule throughout the Near East. A century later Mohammed's successors, from their capital astride the Golden Horn, controlled an empire that stretched across three continents.