On this date it was the end of the world as they knew it.
For on this date in 1453 the city of Constantinople fell after a siege by forces led by Sultan Mehmed II.
Some historians use this date as the endpoint for the Middle Ages and credit the fall of Constantinople and its reverberations throughout medieval Europe as an important stimulus for the beginning of the period known as the Renaissance.
Just goes to show you that every culture and every civilization has had its own dark days.
Sources: wikipedia.org, Fall_of_Constantinople
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