A long time ago…
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The History of the Medialuna
A long time ago, at the end of the 17th Century,
The Ottoman Empire was spreading all across Europe, like wildfire.
In 1529, the Ottoman troops, led by Suleiman The Magnificent, besieged the “City of Dreams”.
Vienna was a stronghold, designed to refuse the hostilities of the Northern Germanic tribes.
The local population organized a resistance, with the help of the Spanish Musketeers and the German Landsknecht, commanded by Wilhelm Von Roggendorf.
The battle was formidable… preventing the Suleiman Army from getting into the city.
After two months of besiege, Suleiman commanded his sappers to construct a tunnel below the city’s walls, by night, while everybody slept…
… but not everyone; the Viennese bakers were working at night, baking the next day’s bread.
The bakers called a guard, who alerted the soldiers… a defense was organized, and the Ottoman Army was defeated, because of the Viennese bakers.
Emperor Leopold I rewarded the bakers with imperial honors. The bakers then created two special breads, one with the name “Emperor”, and the other as a mockery to the Ottoman emblem: the Halbmond (also known as the crescent, or the croissant). Since then, the croissant has spread across the world, and several versions of it have been created.
In Argentina, they became known as “medialunas”, a smaller and softer version, which everybody still enjoys, every morning, with a big hot cup of coffee.