Imagine…

Restaurant 1453

This is a photo of a Turkish -or should I say Ottoman?- restaurant in Scheveningen, near The Hague, Netherlands.
1453 is the year Turkish ruler Erdogan often brags about: it was the year the Turkish invaders of Anatolia conquered and devastated the christian city Constantinople, in effect terminating the Byzantine Empire.
Do any search on the term 1453 and you will arrive at that moment in history. While Byzantium once was one of the most populated cities in the world, in 1453 Constantinople -named after the horrible Constantine- had only around 50000. Many thouosands of them were slaughtered by the Ottomans. Tens of thousands where enslaved.

Imagine.
Imagine that you are from Poland or Lituania and emigrate to Istanbul and there you start a restaurant named after king Jan Sobieski or 1683: the year troops under the leadership of The king who saved Europe came to the rescue of Vienna when Ottomans attacked?
You know the answer.

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