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Hagia sophia

Aug 22, 2020 06:24
The mediaeval Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, built near the ancient city walls of Constantinople, contains 14th century Byzantine mosaics and frescoes showing scenes from biblical stories. read more
Jul 26, 2020 07:06
Greece and Turkey disagree on a range of issues from airspace to maritime zones in the eastern Mediterranean and ethnically split Cyprus. read more
Jul 24, 2020 14:39
A top Turkish court announced this month it annulled Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum. Erdogan immediately turned back into a mosque a building which was a Christian Byzantine cathedral for 900 years before being seized by Ottoman conquerors and serving as a mosque until 1934. read more
Jul 24, 2020 14:11
The grey cat with shining green, crossed eyes, has become a favourite with visitors, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, who was filmed stroking her during a trip in 2009. read more
Jul 24, 2020 07:51
Erdogan issued a decree restoring the iconic sixth-century building as a mosque this month after a Turkish high court ruled that the Hagia Sophia had been illegally made into a museum more than eight decades ago. The move was met with dismay in Greece and the United States and from Christian church leaders. read more
Jul 13, 2020 18:44
To push his majoritarian Islamist politics, he is reversing Turkey’s rich history read more
Jul 12, 2020 00:42
As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia has been a place of openness, encounter and inspiration for people from all nations,” Ioan Sauca said in the letter released Saturday by the Geneva-based group. read more
Jul 11, 2020 11:09
President Tayyip Erdogan said the nearly 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia would remain open to Muslims, Christians and foreigners. read more
Jul 10, 2020 21:15
The United States, Greece and church leaders were among those to express concern about changing the status of the huge 6th Century Hagia Sophia, converted into a museum in the early days of the modern secular Turkish state under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. read more