05 June 2015

On This Day: Constantinople set ablaze

Over 3,000 homes were destroyed and nearly 1,000 people died On This Day in 1870 when a large part of Constantinople, Turkey burned. The devastating fire spread quickly through one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The only structures that survived were stone ones, in particular hospitals and churches. 

Media reports from August, two months later, still showed a devastated city thrown into depression.

Constantinople burns” History.com 

The Maitland Mercury, 11 August 1870. 


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.