1500 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1500
Ab urbe condita 2253
Armenian calendar 949
Assyrian calendar 6250
Balinese saka calendar 1421–1422
Bengali calendar 907
Berber calendar 2450
English Regnal year 15 Hen. 7 – 16 Hen. 7
Buddhist calendar 2044
Burmese calendar 862
Byzantine calendar 7008–7009
Chinese calendar 己未(Earth Goat)
4196 or 4136
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
4197 or 4137
Coptic calendar 1216–1217
Discordian calendar 2666
Ethiopian calendar 1492–1493
Hebrew calendar 5260–5261
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1556–1557
 - Shaka Samvat 1421–1422
 - Kali Yuga 4600–4601
Holocene calendar 11500
Igbo calendar 500–501
Iranian calendar 878–879
Islamic calendar 905–906
Japanese calendar Meiō 9
Javanese calendar 1417–1418
Julian calendar 1500
Korean calendar 3833
Minguo calendar 412 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar 32
Thai solar calendar 2042–2043
Tibetan calendar 阴土羊年
(female Earth-Goat)
1626 or 1245 or 473
    — to —
(male Iron-Monkey)
1627 or 1246 or 474

Year 1500 (MD) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. The year 1500 was not a leap year in the Proleptic Gregorian calendar.

The year was seen as being especially important by many Christians in Europe, who thought it would bring the beginning of the end of the world. Their belief was based on the phrase "half-time after the time", when the apocalypse was due to occur, which appears in the Book of Revelation and was seen as referring to 1500. This time was also just after the Old World's discovery of the Americas in 1492, and therefore was influenced greatly by the New World.[1]

Historically, the year 1500 is also often identified, somewhat arbitrarily,[citation needed] as marking the end of the Middle Ages and beginning of the Early Modern Era.




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  1. ^ Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art of Germany (2011), United Kingdom: British Broadcasting Corporation[need quotation to verify]
  2. ^ "Pinzon discovers Brazil". HISTORY. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Robert James Bast; Andrew Colin Gow; Heiko Augustinus Oberman (2000). Continuity and Change: The Harvest of Late Medieval and Reformation History : Essays Presented to Heiko A. Oberman on His 70th Birthday. Brill. p. 122. ISBN 90-04-11633-8.
  4. ^ Vella, Horatio C. R. (2003). "Jean Quintin's Insulae Melitae Descriptio (1536) : an anniversary and a discussion on its sources" (PDF). Humanitas: Journal of the Faculty of Arts. University of Malta. 2: 155–171. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2020.

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