I have always been fascinated with The Byzantines, and this is possibly one of the reasons I am joining the Orthodox faith. I recently read a "play-by-play" history/commentary by a historian who recorded the events of the siege, and saw the Hollywood styled charge of St. Constantine The Great with he allied commanders when all else was lost.
I am visiting Constantinople this summer for the first time, and I'm anxious to see the walls, the palace, and most of all, The Hagia Sofia. I have absolutely no intrest in The Ottoman side. In fact, in my opinion, Turkey should be forced to give back Constantinople to The Patriarch and have the city governed as an independent nation; like Vatican City.
But, I am wondering, has Islam formally apologized for these barbaric acts of looting and raping when the city was taken?