Islamic Prayers Scheduled at Turkey’s Chora Church
Nearly two months after Turkey’s President Erdogan issued an order converting the historic Chora Church from a museum into a mosque, Islamic prayers occurred on October 30th.
Photos show that the centuries old Christian frescoes and mosaics have been completely covered, raising concerns about how these fixtures were installed and how it will impact the integrity of these historical artifacts. The scheduled prayers completed the church’s transformation into a mosque.
This transformation was not unexpected, as the Council of State had ruled in November 2019 that using the building as a museum was illegal. They were referencing the law of immovables, which states that once a building becomes a mosque, it can never be anything else. The church was converted into a mosque following the Ottoman-era conquest in 1511, and then later turned into a museum by the Republic of Turkey in 1945.