• Short Summary

    A COLOURFUL PARADE THROUGH ISTANBUL ON FRIDAY CELEBRATED THE 511TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CAPTURE OF CONSTANTINOPLE, AS IT WAS THEN KNOWN, BY THE TURKS.

  • Description

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    LV START OF PROCESSION
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    SV MOUNTED DRUMMER
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    SV SOLDIERS CEREMONIALLY MARCH
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    LV SPECTATORS
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    SV RAM'S HEAD REPLICA CARRIED BY SOLDIERS
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    SV MARINES MARCH PAST
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    LV CROWD
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    SV GOVERNOR AND MAYOR OF ISTANBUL ON DAIS
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    CU OLD MAN LOOKS ON
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    SV JANISSARIES MARCH PAST
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    CU CHILDREN IN BAND
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    SV CHILD'S MASCOT
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    LV CROWD
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    CU BAND MARCHES PAST (2 SHOTS)
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A COLOURFUL PARADE THROUGH ISTANBUL ON FRIDAY CELEBRATED THE 511TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CAPTURE OF CONSTANTINOPLE, AS IT WAS THEN KNOWN, BY THE TURKS. THE CELEBRATIONS WERE THE BIGGEST AND MOST FLAMBOYANT FOR YEARS.

    IT WAS IN 1453 THAT TURKISH FORCES UNDER SULTAN MEHMET II (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MOHAMMED II) SEIZED THE CITY AND THIS BROUGHT AN END TO THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE AND ONE OF THE GREAT ERAS OF HISTORY.

    THE EVENT SHOCK THE CIVILISED WORLD, AND IS REGARDED BY SOME HISTORIANS AS THE ENDING OF THE MIDDLE AGES. UNTIL 1923, CONSTANTINOPLE REMAINED THE CAPITAL OF THE GREAT OTTOMAN EMPIRE.

    THE TURNING POINT IN THAT 15TH CENTURY BATTLE WAS THE BREACHING OF THE CITY GATES BY A GIANT, BATTERING RAM'S HEAD, A REPLICA OF WHICH WAS CARRIED IN FRIDAY'S PARADE.

    BIG CROWDS LINED THE STREETS TO SEE THE PARADE, WHICH CIRCLED THE OLD CITY WALLS. THERE WERE TROOPS, OTHERS DRESSED IN ANCIENT COSTUME, AND CHILDREN ALL TAKING PART.

    FOR TOURISTS, THE BIG ATTRACTION WAS WATCHING THE TRADITIONAL STYLE OF CEREMONIAL MARCHING. TWO PACES AND A GLANCE TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT (TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WEREN'T BEING STALKED BY THE ENEMY)... AND THE DANCING STYLE OF MARCHING BY THE JANISSARIES, THE FORMER NAME GIVEN RECRUITS TO THE OLD OTTOMAN ARMY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA514K91A216ZXD8G5GNM1C31IW
    Media URN:
    VLVA514K91A216ZXD8G5GNM1C31IW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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