Tag: Istanbul

Hagia Sophia is regularly subjected to vandalism

The now-mosque also faces neglect in the form of trash lying around and layers of dust.

Hagia Sophia has been vandalised

Experts commented and fear for the future of the building without proper maintenance and protection.

Hagia Sophia cathedral hosts first Muslim prayers in 88 years

Hagia Sophia used to be one of the main Christian cathedrals.

Man detained after desecrating church in Istanbul

In 2018 the same church had been desecrated by racially offensive graffiti.

Three suspects released after dancing on Armenian church gate

Three men were detained in their homes after videos circulated of them dancing on a large gate to an Armenian Church in Istanbul.

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.

Greeks living in Turkey remain on edge

The area of today's Turkey used to be inhabited mailnly by Christian populations such as Greeks, Assyrians, and Armenians.

Turkey converts another renowned church into a mosque

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

Hagia Sophia reopens as Grand Mosque

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

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.