The name "Constantinople" is still used by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the title of one of their most important leaders, the Orthodox patriarch based in the city, referred to as "His Most Divine All-Holiness the Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch." "Twenty Years in the Ottoman capital: the memoirs of Dr. Hristo Tanev Stambolski of Kazanlik (1843–1932) from an Ottoman point of view." The palace of Blachernae in the north-west of the city became the main Imperial residence, with the old Great Palace on the shores of the Bosporus going into decline. In the 1880s, Matteos Mamurian invited Srpouhi Dussap to submit essays for Arevelian Mamal. It possessed a proconsul, rather than an urban prefect. 152–153; see also endnote No. Socrates II.13, cited by J B Bury, History of the Later Roman Empire, p. 74. The emperor Leo III issued a decree in 726 against images, and ordered the destruction of a statue of Christ over one of the doors of the Chalke, an act that was fiercely resisted by the citizens. There was an increased demand for art, with more people having access to the necessary wealth to commission and pay for such work. The officer given the task was killed by the crowd, and in the end the image was removed rather than destroyed: It was to be restored by, There is an excellent source for these events: the writer and historian, Diethart and Hörandner (2005). In 1204, the monastery was destroyed by the Crusaders and was not fully restored until 1290, by Constantine Palaiologos. Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Empire on 29 May 1453. They were known for their ferocity, honour, and loyalty. There was a revival in the mosaic art, for example: Mosaics became more realistic and vivid, with an increased emphasis on depicting three-dimensional forms. The population was rising (estimates for Constantinople in the 12th century vary from some 100,000 to 500,000), and towns and cities across the realm flourished. On the south side of the great square was erected the Great Palace of the Emperor with its imposing entrance, the Chalke, and its ceremonial suite known as the Palace of Daphne. Before their departure, the ship of the commander Belisarius was anchored in front of the Imperial palace, and the Patriarch offered prayers for the success of the enterprise. The Emperor Romanus Diogenes was captured. On his release, however, Romanus found that enemies had placed their own candidate on the throne in his absence; he surrendered to them and suffered death by torture, and the new ruler, Michael VII Ducas, refused to honour the treaty. An attack by the Crusaders on 6 April failed, but a second from the Golden Horn on 12 April succeeded, and the invaders poured in. Washington Government Printing Office, 1913. [52] However, following the death of an Emperor, they became known also for plunder in the Imperial palaces.     a narrow strip of the Thracian shore at the mouth of the Pontos, "[42] Hagia Sophia was served by 600 people including 80 priests, and cost 20,000 pounds of gold to build. p. 236. This was the great cathedral of the city, whose dome was said to be held aloft by God alone, and which was directly connected to the palace so that the imperial family could attend services without passing through the streets. The emperor Valens, who hated the city and spent only one year there, nevertheless built the Palace of Hebdomon on the shore of the Propontis near the Golden Gate, probably for use when reviewing troops. The Justinianic Church of the Holy Apostles was designed in the form of an equal-armed cross with five domes, and ornamented with beautiful mosaics. It had no praetors, tribunes, or quaestors. "[71], The Nicaean emperor John III Vatatzes reportedly saved several churches from being dismantled for their valuable building materials; by sending money to the Latins "to buy them off" (exonesamenos), he prevented the destruction of several churches. [61], With the restoration of firm central government, the empire became fabulously wealthy. Already then, in Greek and early Roman times, Byzantium was famous for its strategic geographic position that made it difficult to besiege and capture, and its position at the crossroads of the Asiatic-European trade route over land and as the gateway between the Mediterranean and Black Seas made it too valuable a settlement to abandon, as Emperor Septimius Severus later realized when he razed the city to the ground for supporting Pescennius Niger's claimancy. The residents of the monastery were referred to as Stoudites (or Studites). p. 24, line 387, Talbot, "Restoration of Constantinople", p. 247, Talbot, "Restoration of Constantinople", p. 248, CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (, Lewis, Bernard. He also granted funds for the restoration of the Church of the Holy Apostles, which had been seriously damaged in an earthquake.[71]. As the largest and wealthiest city in Europe during the 4th–13th centuries and a centre of culture and education of the Mediterranean basin, Constantinople came to be known by prestigious titles such as Basileuousa (Queen of Cities) and Megalopolis (the Great City) and was, in colloquial speech, commonly referred to as just Polis (ἡ Πόλις) 'the City' by Constantinopolitans and provincial Byzantines alike.[20]. Princes of Kyiv, Venetian doges, abbots of Monte Cassino, merchants of Amalfi, and the kings of Sicily all looked to Byzantium for artists or works of art. In the 8th and 9th centuries, the iconoclast movement caused serious political unrest throughout the Empire. In 1928, the Turkish alphabet was changed from Arabic script to Latin script. Theodore's pupil, Naukratios, re-established discipline after the Iconoclastic dispute had come to an end. This church was to remain the burial place of the Emperors from Constantine himself until the 11th century. 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Such was the influence of Byzantine art in the twelfth century, that Russia, Venice, southern Italy and Sicily all virtually became provincial centres dedicated to its production.". Of the primary schools 561 were of the lower grade and 65 were of the higher grade; of the latter, 34 were public and 31 were private. After that, as part of the 1920s Turkification movement, Turkey started to urge other countries to use Turkish names for Turkish cities, instead of other transliterations to Latin script that had been used in Ottoman times. 1, University of Oklahoma Press, 1963. p. 6, Inalcik, Halil. Particular examples include St Mark's Basilica in Venice,[87] the basilicas of Ravenna, and many churches throughout the Slavic East. The iconoclast controversy returned in the early 9th century, only to be resolved once more in 843 during the regency of Empress Theodora, who restored the icons. The Venetians had factories on the north side of the Golden Horn, and large numbers of westerners were present in the city throughout the 12th century. The corporations in which the tradesmen of Constantinople were organised were supervised by the Eparch, who regulated such matters as production, prices, import, and export. Procopius claimed "more than 500 prostitutes" did business along the market street. It also lacked the panoply of other administrative offices regulating the food supply, police, statues, temples, sewers, aqueducts, or other public works. By the next day the Doge and the leading Franks were installed in the Great Palace, and the city was given over to pillage for three days. Constantinople was famed for its massive and complex defences. [53] Later in the 11th Century the Varangian Guard became dominated by Anglo-Saxons who preferred this way of life to subjugation by the new Norman kings of England. Wounded women and children lay dying in the streets. [49], Theodora, widow of the Emperor Theophilus (died 842), acted as regent during the minority of her son Michael III, who was said to have been introduced to dissolute habits by her brother Bardas. In Justinian's age the Mese street running across the city from east to west was a daily market. As regards the intellectual life of the monastery in other directions, it is especially celebrated for its famous school of calligraphy which was established by Theodore. The Christian Orthodox city of Constantinople was now under Ottoman control. The emperor Justinian I (527–565) was known for his successes in war, for his legal reforms and for his public works. In the late 11th century catastrophe struck with the unexpected and calamitous defeat of the imperial armies at the Battle of Manzikert in Armenia in 1071. He found the military situation so dire that he is said to have contemplated withdrawing the imperial capital to Carthage, but relented after the people of Constantinople begged him to stay. The wealth of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia flowed into Constantinople. These controversies contributed to the deterioration of relations between the Western and the Eastern Churches. In the Ottoman period Islamic architecture and symbolism were used. By 1080, a huge area had been lost to the Empire, and the Turks were within striking distance of Constantinople. Constantinople's change of name was the theme for a song made famous by, "Constantinople" was one of the "big words" the Father knows toward the end of, "Constantinople" was also the title of the opening edit of, A Montreal-based folk/classical/fusion band calls itself "Constantinople. of those involved). The influence of Byzantine architecture and art can be seen in the copies taken from it throughout Europe. Constantine's foundation gave prestige to the Bishop of Constantinople, who eventually came to be known as the Ecumenical Patriarch, and made it a prime center of Christianity alongside Rome. [9] The city was the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and guardian of Christendom's holiest relics such as the Crown of thorns and the True Cross. "Among the masterpieces destroyed, writes Talbot, "were a Herakles attributed to the fourth-century B.C. Modern condition. On the fifth of the month of April, one hour after daybreak, Mahomet Bey came before Constantinople with about a hundred and sixty thousand men, and encamped about two and a half miles from the walls of the city. 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