Trabzon’s Hagia Sophia is smaller than its Istanbul namesake, but shares a similar history. It is a conserved Byzantine church.
A cathedral once the centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity has seen its identity changed yet again..
July 24, was declared a “Day of Mourning” as the former Byzantine cathedral opened for formal Islamic Friday prayers this day
Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum in 1934.
Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered by curtains or lasers during times of Muslim prayer, Erdogan's spokesman said
The court’s decision annulled a presidential decree from 1934 which had transformed the Hagia Sophia into a museum.
The Greek patriarch of Istanbul said: "Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken.”
President Erdogan has repeatedly brought this idea to the country’s attention, hoping to reopen the museum as a mosque.
To commemorate the 567th anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople a "festival" was held at the historic Hagia Sophia.