Byzantium has even in its rich sounding name, a sense of mystery about it. Anyone who has read anything about Byzantium or the Byzantines themselves cannot fail to be impressed and at the same time disturbed by their history and customs.
|Looking towards the European shore. Janissaries prepare to attack|
|The Sultan at a breach in the Asian shore walls|
|Notice the Imperial banner on the walls and infantry in foreground|
|Looking east on the Asian shore|
|Carriage - less siege gun on the ground|
|Monster gun of the period outside the museum|
It is best to let the panorama speak for itself so enjoy this wonderful piece of military art. In a further post on the siege and aspects relating to it I will show some wonderful artefacts as well pictures of the walls as they are today. The rebuilt sections are truly remarkable and the original undamaged sections even more impressive. To my mind the city is equal in splendour to Rome itself if not more impressive in many ways.
Next time, some wonderful models of the siege.