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Mehmed II

Birthdate: 30. March 1432
Date of death: 3. May 1481

Mehmed II , commonly known as Mehmed the Conqueror , was an Ottoman Sultan who ruled first for a short time from August 1444 to September 1446, and later from February 1451 to May 1481. At the age of 21, he conquered Constantinople and brought an end to the Byzantine Empire. Mehmed continued his conquests in Anatolia with its reunification and in Southeast Europe as far west as Bosnia. Mehmed is considered a hero in modern-day Turkey and parts of the wider Muslim world. Among other things, Istanbul's Fatih district, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Fatih Mosque are named after him.

„Hey Constantinople! Either I take you, or you take me!“

—  Mehmed II

During conquest of Constantinople
Source: Conquest and Doomsday http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8i72Nzp5qbk/T04SJKBIGFI/AAAAAAAAVO0/RXo9ubjby50/s1600/fetihvekiyametbugun.jpeg During conquest of Constantinople

„The Christian land, has lost his sword and shields.“

—  Mehmed II

It is believed that Skanderbeg said on his death
Source: Alphonse de Lamartine (Ottoman History)

„In order to see the boundaries of the probabilities, need to try impossible.“

—  Mehmed II

When he said that the ships would pass by land
Source: Ahmet Akgündüz - Mehmed's tolerance http://www.ahmetakyol.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9849&Itemid=47

„We are not afraid of the owl, we are the hawks.“

—  Mehmed II

Source: Aşıkpaşoğlu History (Prepared: Atsız), 79

„We do not conquer the lands, we conquer the hearts.“

—  Mehmed II

Source: Aşıkpaşoğlu History (Prepared: Atsız), 154

„To turn away from the enemy is cowardice. Misfortune is the fate of the enemy.“

—  Mehmed II

When he learned that the Crusaders had come toward him
Source: Ahmet Akgündüz - Mehmed's tolerance http://www.ahmetakyol.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9849&Itemid=47

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„We Turks are faithful muslims.“

—  Mehmed II

Source: Halil İnalcık, Devlet-i'Aliyye I.Cilt, Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları

„Tell the your emperor; Where my power has reached, Emperor's dreams can not reach!“

—  Mehmed II

While Constantinople was besieged, Mehmed's response to the Byzantine ambassador

„In order to see the boundaries of the probabilities, need to try impossible.“

—  Mehmed II

During the fall of Constantinople, when he said that the ships would pass by land.

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