Erdogan calls Christian Byzantium "a dark chapter" in history
Istanbul, May 30, 2013
The speech of the conservative Turkish prime minister was made during the laying of the foundation of the new road bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul that took place on May 29--the anniversary of Ottoman invasion of the Byzantine empire 1453.
“We are continuing to write the history today," said Erdogan during the ceremony.
The Turkish authorities have celebrated the anniversary of the victory over Byzantium by a series of festivities.
31 / 05 / 2013
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