In 1536, the Franco-Ottoman Alliance was established by
Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and King Francis I. The cross-religious
alliance caused a scandal in the Christian world, and became known as the
Impious Alliance. In later centuries, Carl Jacob Burckhardt called it “the
sacrilegious union of the lily and the crescent”. Nevertheless, it
endured, as it served the interest in both parties, for two and a half
centuries, until the Napoleonic campaign of Ottoman Egypt in 1798.
“I fell in love like the sun fell in love with the moon, still knowing that they could never be together.” — Amairani M. García