Take Back Constantinople!

The Byzantine Empire was dedicated in 330 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Constantine, and dominated most of Eastern Europe for over 1,000 years. It began and continued to be a Christian Monarchy. The emperor was thought to be Christ’s representative on earth and one of a long line of Roman Emperors. 

In 1453, the city was overrun by the Turks under Mehmed II who had previously swore an oath by the prophet Mohammad and the Koran that he would be devoted to peace with Byzantium. 

Audio of The Battle of Constantinople:
From an Islamic Perspective -About 1 hr long, but worth it.
From the West's Perspective -Excellent conclusion to a series.

Also available is 12 Byzantine Rulers which is a very good series of podcasts.

This picture depicts the city’s last stand. 7,000 Romans defended the city with Constantine IX as its last Emperor. The city held out for 53 days against a force of over 80,000 and almost repelled the Turkish hordes completely.

Much of modern day Turkey and Northern Africa were Christian prior to Muslims taking control. The populace, which was at various times and in various places Christian, was forced to convert to Islam. Now these countries are left to maintain Islam with little or no resistance from Christian nations elsewhere.
Catholic News Agency - In a.d. 632, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica were all Christian territories. Inside the boundaries of the Roman Empire, which was still fully functional in the eastern Mediterranean, orthodox Christianity was the official, and overwhelmingly majority, religion. Outside those boundaries were other large Christian communities — not necessarily orthodox and Catholic, but still Christian. Most of the Christian population of Persia, for example, was Nestorian. Certainly there were many Christian communities in Arabia. 
By a.d. 732, a century later, Christians had lost Egypt, Palestine, Syria, North Africa, Spain, most of Asia Minor, and southern France. Italy and her associated islands were under threat, and the islands would come under Muslim rule in the next century. The Christian communities of Arabia were entirely destroyed in or shortly after 633, when Jews and Christians alike were expelled from the peninsula. Those in Persia were under severe pressure. Two-thirds of the formerly Roman Christian world was now ruled by Muslims.
There have been attempts to regain Constantinople, however.

The patriarchs of the early church were based in the following cities where the region was predominately Christian:
  1. Alexandria - present day Egypt (Muslim)
    1. Last taken by the Muslims in 641.
    2. Destruction of the one of the most famous libraries in the world. Documents that will never be recovered.
  2. Antioch - present day Syria (Muslim)
    1. Last taken by the Muslims in 1268.
    2. Prior to 1268, the city changed from Christian to Muslim many times with the Byzantines, Crusaders, and Muslims battling for control throughout the centuries.
    3. Last to take the city was Egyptian Mamluk Sultan Baibars massacred the Christian population.
  3. Jerusalem - present day Israel (Secular/Jewish)(Temple Mount controlled by Muslims)
  4. Rome - present day Italy (Christian)
  5. Constantinople - present day Turkey (Muslim)
Islam would like to rule the world and subject all peoples to their sharia law. The people in the regions of Northern Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East are given no choice only because the last conquest of their lands were made by Muslims. Since it was long ago, the will in the West to take these lands back is non-existent.

References in the Bible that at one time were Christian:
Ephesus (In modern day Turkey - Muslim)
Galatia (In modern day Turkey - Muslim)  
Phillippi (In modern day Greece - once held by the Ottoman Empire)
Thessolenica (In modern day Greece - once held by the Ottoman Empire)

At its peak, Islam was on the precipice of taking over all of Europe. The primary force holding it back was Byzantium.

Map of peak of Byzantium’s Influence

Animated map of the Byzantium’s progress and regress

Questions not answered:

  • Why are these vast lands left in the hands of Islam?
  • Should Islam be allowed to stop at the current borders? 
  • Why is the last conquest the final conquest? 
  • What makes these borders the final borders?
  • What if Islam intended to force their way further into the West? Would we resist or would we settle for the “new normal”? 
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This glorious church, the Hagia Sophia, was converted into a Mosque after Constantinople fell. However, one can still see its Christian origins throughout. 

The Hippodrome of Constantinople

The Great Bastion