16 February 1572, Constantinople, Turkey - Crosses in the air
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As quoted in Wonders In The Sky - Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times - and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs - Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
The people of Constantinople were amazed to see cross-shaped objects flying above their city.
It was said that for the consolation of the miserable Christians held captive in Constantinople, and for the confusion of the Turks and Jews living in that city, God placed three crosses in the sky above three Turkish mosques (Piali Baja, Capassi and Saint Sophia). These appeared three days in a row, from Thursday to Saturday.
The crosses were seen by everyone in the area. They floated in the air, high above the roofs of the mosques. Their color changed continuously. The Christians rejoiced and gazed at the objects in wonder, while among the Turks there was only confusion and uproar.
Finally, the Turks met with the Jews and asked them what they thought was happening. The Jews replied that the Christians were great magicians, and were trying to frighten them with their magic arts. The Turkish soldiers decided to retaliate more violently than ever, crushing the Christian troops in armed combat. They even started to shoot at the crosses. However, whenever a missile was about to hit them, the crosses vanished momentarily, only to reappear immediately afterwards.
Source: Warhaffte Zeitung vnd beschreibung der Stadt Constantinopel dreyer Creutz gesicht. AuffS. Sophia /Patriarcha / vnd Andrea Kirchen gesehen worden seind/Dreytag auffjeder besonder / vnd allmal von einer Kirchen auff die andersich erzeigt /geschehflffl den 16. February des 72. jars. Auch ist warhafftig vnden hernach gesetztes schreiben von Constantinopel aus / von einem Ritter Grio Malluj genandt / Bebstlicher Heiligkeit fiir warhafftige zeitung zugeschrieben worden / den 10. Martij. im 72. Jar (Augsburg: Hans Rogel, 1572), SUB Gottingen 4° H TURC. 712.