Fall of Constantinople (1453)
The Fall of Constantinople was when the Ottoman Empire took over Constantinople, the capital city of the Byzantine Empire, on Tuesday, May 29, 1453. Many historians consider this event to be the end of the Byzantine Empire, although some places, like the Morea Despotate and Empire of Trebizond were not defeated by the Ottomans until several years later. The Fall of Constantinople had important results, because the Ottoman Turks finally had stable power in the Balkans and then nothing could stop them from their campaign on Europe, which did not stop until after the Battle of Vienna in 1683. After the fall of Constantinople and the Byzantine empire, many people escaped to Western Europe and helped create humanism and the Renaissance in Europe.