Eastern and Western Roman Empire Map

The Rome was founded as a city-state in the heart of Italy. Rome, which was militarily successful, took over the surrounding city-states and expanded. Rome’s first goal was to unite Italy. However, it soon began to spread all over the Mediterranean coast. The Roman republic became the Roman Empire over time. In this article I…

History of Istanbul and Constantinople

The city of Istanbul had three different names throughout history. In the past, it was known as Byzantium as a Greek colony. After the Roman emperors settled in the city, its name became Constantinople. Ottomans continued using “Konstantiniyye”, Turkish version for Constantinople, for years. The name Istanbul has become the official name of the city…

Byzantine Empire Map, History, Facts

In this article, I would like to share information about the history of the Byzantine Empire, which has survived for more than 1000 years. In this blog post you can read facts about Byzantium and see the change of the empire over time on the map. Due to its more than 1000 years of history,…

Hagia Sophia History, Architecture, Facts

Hagia Sophia is simply one of the most important architectural wonders ever built in the world. It remained as the world’s biggest monotheistic temple for 1000 years. Hagia Sophia served as a church for 900 years, and as a mosque for 500 years and then as a museum for 85 years. However, it was converted…

Ottoman Empire Map, History, Facts

Ottoman Empire was founded in 1299 by Osman Ghazi (aka Othman) and consistently grew from 1299 to 1683. The first 10 rulers of the Ottoman Empire is considered as the most successful kings. In this article, you can discover facts about Ottoman history accompanied by map of the Ottoman Empire. Ottomans Kings carried these titles:…