Tag: Hagia Sophia

Turkey sends message through Trabzon Hagia Sophia

Trabzon’s Hagia Sophia is smaller than its Istanbul namesake, but shares a similar history. It is a conserved Byzantine church.

Hagia Sophia reopens as Grand Mosque

A cathedral once the centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity has seen its identity changed yet again..

Catholic bishops join Orthodox in 'Day of Mourning' for Hagia Sophia

July 24, was declared a “Day of Mourning” as the former Byzantine cathedral opened for formal Islamic Friday prayers this day

Turkey will cover Hagia Sophia mosaics with lasers during prayers

Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered by curtains or lasers during times of Muslim prayer, Erdogan's spokesman said

Turkish court allows Hagia Sophia to convert into mosque

The court’s decision annulled a presidential decree from 1934 which had transformed the Hagia Sophia into a museum.

Greek Patriarch speaks of Hagia Sophia conversion

The Greek patriarch of Istanbul said: "Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken.”

Armenian patriarch endorses reopening Hagia Sophia

President Erdogan has repeatedly brought this idea to the country’s attention, hoping to reopen the museum as a mosque.

Islamic religious ceremony held at Hagia Sophia

To commemorate the 567th anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople a "festival" was held at the historic Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sofia threatened by Turkish wish to transform it into a mosque

The former spiritual centre of Orthodox Christianity is likely to be turned into a mosque.