When Were the Europeans in Control of Constantinople?


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Europeans were in control of Constantinople from 330 A.D. until 1453 A.D. It served as the eastern capital of the Holy Roman Empire, and after the Roman Empire fell, it became the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

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Constantine I established a new seat of government for the Roman empire in 330 A.D. on the site of the Byzantium colony of Greece. The city would be named Constantinople after him, and it would serve as a defense against Asian and Muslim forces trying to make conquests into Eastern Europe. The city also kept the Roman tradition of art, literature and education alive for almost 1,000 years after the Roman empire in Western Europe fell in 476. After its fall in 1453 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, the city was renamed Istanbul.

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