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“Hidden Gem”
Review of Panorama 1453

Panorama 1453
Ranked #58 of 1,044 things to do in Istanbul
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Georgia
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124 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

A great depiction of the fall of Constantinople. Like everything else in Istanbul, very little is mentioned of the thousand years of Christian rule so if you're planning on anything other than the Muslem conquests you better read up before you go. This Panarama is well done and worth the tram ride to get there. There are a couple of nicely restored sections of the wall nearby but be careful of the squatters living there.

Visited May 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Important Museum”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

There are many exhibits here, maps etc but they are not translated at this time. Go directly to the panorama at the top of the steps and you'll step into 1453 during the battle to take Constantinople. We were there on a day that was filled with children on field trips and all the noise that kids bring to a museum actually added to the experience of confusion and chaos that you witness. You hear the cannons firing, see the soldiers advancing, hear the band playing….it is just remarkable to feel like you are in the middle of the most famous battle of the Ottoman conquest. After finishing here, walk along the walls and see exactly where this battle took place. It is an experience you won't soon forget.

Visited June 2014
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Iasi, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Against Europe,by treason from some Europeans”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

As anyone can see in this reenactment of a battle, Turks are proud of their conquest of Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, also named the Byzantine Empire, the most flourishing and creative of its time, in all areas, for the 1000 years before 1453 AD.
Unlike it, Ottoman Turks were, before 1453 AD, a nomadic and warlike Asian population, living in parasiting the peoples they conquered, before and after 1453 AD.
All Europeans, since ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, civilized all the territories they conquered and ruled and traces of the infrastructure they built there (fortresses, temples, aqueducts, defensive walls etc.) are still visible, especially in today's Constantinople-Istanbul.
Unlike the European civilization, the 500 year Ottoman rule left nothing similar behind, in the European territories they conquered and ruled.
The conquest of Constantinople, in 1453 AD, was only possible by treason from the Genovese, who made, for sultan Mehmet "the Conqueror", a huge canon for breaking the otherwise impregnable Theodosian walls. Centuries after this conquest, Ottoman Turks were able to manage the new Ottoman Empire only with the decisive help of some gifted Europeans, especially from the Balkans (Greeks, Serbs, Croatians, Albanians etc.), who became Viziers and Grand Viziers, architects, military leaders (including the Janissaries, the elite infantry troops) etc.
The Ottoman Empire was, from 1453 AD to its fall (after WW I),an anti-European entity managed by some treacherous Europeans, who acted even against their countries of origin.
The Ottoman imperial family itself was a continuous biological crossbreeding with the same Eastern Europeans. And the Turkish people is just like its former sultans : a crossbreeding with the Europeans and looks mostly European. Overall, despite the lack of civilizational marks in the conquered European territories, the most precious legacy of the Ottoman Empire, in today's Turkey, is the European phenotype of the Turkish people with all the biological gifts of the Europeans, creativity first. Finally and actually, Europe conquered Turkey, a non-military and gradual conquest, just the opposite of the dramatic , sudden and historically unfair conquest of the flourishing Constantinople, in May 29, 1453 .
"Panorama 1453" illustrates one of the biggest dramas in history, while the nowadays Turkish people illustrates a big hope in history : the potential creativity of a people, which is its biggest treasure and its guarantee for a prosperous future.
It is significant and inspiring that "Panorama 1453" is located close to the remains of the Constantinople walls and quite exactly where they were broken on 29 May 1453.
"Panorama 1453" is not large, but it is designed to have a maximum impact on any visitor, which is placed in the center of a circular area, covered by a dome painted with detailed highlights of the dramatic wall breakage. Very close to the central area of the visitors, there is a circular display of huge canons, canon balls, barrels of gunpowder and a few weapons of war, which increase the heartbreaking drama of that unfair and bloody May day.
I rate "Panorama 1453" four stars, for illustrating the visual drama of one of the most important battles in history and its highlight by recent Western technology.
Visiting "Panorama 1453" is a must see for anyone trying to better understand, on the spot, the very important history of the only capital of two successive and very different empires.

Visited April 2014
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Durban
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Outstanding n Marvellous”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Panorama 1453 makes you feel as if u reliving the battle for the conquest of Constantinople. The history of Sultan Mehmet Fatih is rich indeed...

Visited May 2014
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Umina Beach, Australia
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“A must place to visit”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is an amassing place and you should not miss the opportunity to visit this exceptional museum. The way it has been created is excellent.

Visited May 2014
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