Tag: Hagia Sophia

UNESCO reacts to the conversion of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia used to operate as a museum and any changes to that status is understood to negatively impact its UNESCO standing.

Turkey’s Orthodox Challenge Hagia Sophia Conversion

The conversion violates the rights of Orthodox Greeks living in the country.

Islamic Prayers Scheduled at Turkey’s Chora Church

This was intended to pave the way for converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque, which indeed occurred this past July

Turkey converts another renowned church into a mosque

The Chora Church, located in Istanbul, is considered second in renown compared to the 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.