Orhan Çelebi

Orhan Çelebi (1412 – May 29, 1453) was a prince of the Ottoman Empire. He had four sons: 'Ali Shah, Jahan Shah, Vali Khan, and Buga Khan.[citation needed] Orhan was the grandson of Süleyman Çelebi and son of Kasım Çelebi, thus a second cousin and a rival to Mehmed the Conqueror.[1]

Orhan was sent to Constantinople as a hostage and the Ottomans paid tribute to the Byzantines during his time there to keep him out of the way. In 1453 he joined the defence of the Byzantine Empire during the Fall of Constantinople with about 600 Ottoman defectors[2] by his side.[3] They were charged with defending part of the sea walls, including the harbour of Eptaskalio.

There are several tales about exactly how it happened, but after the city had fallen, Orhan was caught and executed while attempting to escape.[4]


  1. ^ "An Ottoman Volunteer Defends Besieged Constantinople (1453)". pemptousia.com. Archived from the original on 2019-04-10.
  2. ^ Araştırmaları, Osmanlı. "Osmanlı Araştırmaları - İstanbul'un fethinde 600 Türk askeri, Fatih'e karşı savaştı". www.os-ar.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  3. ^ Bilge., Umar (2003-01-01). Bizans'ın son yüzyılları, 1261-1453. Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı. ISBN 9753330960. OCLC 255351080.
  4. ^ Dost., Körpe (2003-01-01). Fatih Sultan Mehmed ve zamanı. Oğlak. ISBN 9753294174. OCLC 59087145.