Of the historic occasions of which the Golden Horn has been the theatre, a very powerful are: first, the assault upon the partitions alongside this aspect of the town, in 1203, and once more in 1204, by the Venetian fleet which accompanied the Fourth Campaign; second, the transportation by Sultan Mehemet into its waters in 1458, of warships over the hill that separates the harbour from the Bosporus. The actions of the Venetian fleet and of the military which accompanied it may be adopted step-by-step, so minute is the outline of Ville – Hardouin and so unaltered the topography of the nation. Upon approaching the town the invaders put in at San Stefano, now a favorite suburban resort upon the Sea of Marmora. A south wind carried them subsequent to Scutari. From that time they crossed to the bay now occupied by the Palace of Dolma Bahce, close to Beshiktash. There the military landed, and advancing alongside the shore attacked the tower to which the northern finish of the chain throughout the harbour’s mouth was fixed. Upon the seize of the tower after a feeble resistance, the chain was lower, and the fleet of Venice underneath the command of Dandolo, flying the ensign of S. Mark, rode into the Golden Horn and made for the pinnacle of the harbour. On the identical time, the troops marched in direction of the identical level, alongside the northern shore, the place Cassim Pasha and Haskeui are actually located. On the latter suburb they crossed the stone bridge that led to Eyoub on the southern financial institution.
Seized the hill dealing with the portion of the town partitions
Then turning eastwards, they seized the hill dealing with the portion of the town partitions above which the home windows and domes of the Palace of Blachernse seemed in direction of the west. Whereas the military ready to assault that time, the ships of Dandolo stood earlier than the harbour partitions, in a protracted line from Aivan Serai to the Phanar and the neighbourhood of the current Internal Bridge. A determined assault adopted, by which twenty-five towers have been carried by the Venetians, and the day would have been received, however for the repulse of the land forces and the need to hasten to their reduction. Quickly a revolution inside the metropolis towards the usurper whom the Crusaders had come to depose, and in favour of the restoration of Isaac Angelus, whose declare to the throne they supported, appeared to carry the battle to an finish. As an indication that amicable relations had been established, and to keep away from the hazard of indignant collisions with the residents, the invaders eliminated their forces to the northern aspect of the Golden Horn.