Sack of Constantinople 1204

Monday, April 12, 1204

On the 12th of April 1204 about 70 Crusaders gained entry to the city of Constantinople once inside they were able to knock small holes in the city walls to allow other Crusaders into the city. They managed to capture the northwest section of the city as a base from which to attack the rest of the city. The fires that they started burnt down a large part of the city leaving 15,000 homeless.

The rest of the city fell on the following day, and Constantinople was sacked for three days. Many ancient Roman and Greek works were destroyed, including the library of Constantinople. The churches and monasteries were plundered and destroyed.