Posts Tagged ‘Hagia Sophia’

Divisive plan to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a mosque Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Turning Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque would be divisive, says Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is the Patriarch of the world’s Orthodox Christians. At present the fate of the building, that has been a museum since 1934, rests on an upcoming Turkish court ruling. President Tayyip Erdogan proposed restoring the mosque status of the Read more

Turkish Catholic bishops won’t contest plan to turn ancient cathedral into a mosque Comments 0

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Turkish Catholic bishops have pledged not to contest plans to turn Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia cathedral that now serves as a museum into a Muslim place of worship. In announcing their decision June 18, the bishops backed government claims that the monument’s future is a question of national sovereignty. “We are a church deprived of Read more

Patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sofia a mosque Comments 0

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Greek Orthodox Church in Turkey is strongly opposing plans to reconvert Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia basilica into a mosque. ”We want Santa Sofia to remain a museum. It was a Christian church for over 1000 years,” Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has said. ”If it is to be reconsecrated, then it should go back Read more

Thousands pray for Istanbul landmark to become mosque Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Thousands of devout Muslims prayed outside Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday to protest a 1934 law that bars religious services at the former church and mosque. Worshippers shouted, “Break the chains, let Hagia Sophia Mosque open,” and “God is great” before kneeling in prayer as tourists looked on Turkey’s secular laws prevent Muslims Read more

Muslim activists want to pray in the Hagia Sophia Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A group of Turkish Muslim activists today asked the government of conservative Islamic Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to make the Hagia Sophia a place for Islamic prayer again, as happened after it was conquered in 1453 by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. Originally built as a Christian church, the Hagia Sophia was converted to a mosque Read more