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Who was Köse Mihal? | The Real History of Mikhael Kosses | The First Byzantine to join the Ottomans

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    During the early era of the Ottoman Empire, there were many Byzantine lords and commanders that joined the ranks of the Ottomans, even converting to Islam. The first (significant one) among them being  Köse Mihal, also known as Mikhael Kosses. In this video we will go over his life, achievements, exploits, and the legacy he left behind.           Mikhael Kosses, an ethnic Greek, is believed to have been from the famous Palaiologos Dynasty, which ruled the Byzantine Empire from the years 1259 until its downfall in 1453CE, the longest a dynasty ever ruled the empire. Köse Mihal was the Byzantine governor of the Harmankaya Castle. The Harmankaya Castle was in the Uludag mountains in the foothills of Bilecik, Turkey. After taking part in a battle against Osman Ghazi, alongside the Byzantine governor of Eskisehir, he was captured and taken prisoner. However, he was forgiven by Osman for his valor and heroism.       In the following years, a trap would be set up for Osman by the neighbor

The History, Controversy, & Truth behind the Hagia Sophia

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     On July 24, 2020, the Hagia Sophia structure was officially opened as the Grand Mosque of the Hagia Sophia. This decision given by the Directorate of Turkey's religious affairs would prove to be extremely controversial, receiving much criticism from Western states. However, it would ultimately bring the majority of the fellow Turkish inhabitants to full satisfaction. In this article, we will shed light on the history of the Hagia Sophia; the conquest & controversy surrounding it, and of course: whether or not it was right to make the structure a mosque. The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque           The Hagia Sophia is an enormous architectural marvel in Istanbul, Turkey, which was originally built as a Christian Basilica nearly 1,500 years ago. This ancient structure has survived hundreds of earthquakes and attacks throughout history. It's age, size, architecture, atmosphere, and magnificence make it truly a very unique place in the world. The building was originally cons