Alterations on Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia reportedly violated guidelines mandated under the site's "UNESCO World Heritage" status. Converted within two weeks of the legal ruling that allowed Muslim worship, the ancient structure's mosaics were unlawfully covered up, and any work on it was deemed practically impossible, architectural publication Mimarlık Magazine reported.
U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has called for a tougher stance against Turkey and said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan needs to reverse his decision to convert Istanbul's Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Biden said that the former cathedral should remain a museum with "equal access for all, including the Orthodox faithful."
Gli the Hagia Sophia cat has fallen ill two months after the site was converted into a mosque and will live away from people in a private room. Caretakers of the 16-year-old cat, who was born at Hagia Sophia, previously warned worshippers to not overwhelm Gli after footage of them taking pictures of Gli with flashes and feeding him unhealthy food emerged on social media.
Turkish Education Ministry has urged its personnel to attend a symposium on Hagia Sophia organized by the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and scheduled to be held in Istanbul on Sept. 30 upon the religious body's request. The ministry sent a notice to all provincial and district directorates to ensure attendance.
Unlike what those in Ankara who are managing the economy believe, 51 percent of the economy is not psychological perception, it is trust. Empires of fear do not generate trust.
Today, Ankara is not Wuhan. Wuhan is a good example compared to our capital city. Today, Ankara is a construction site. Ankara residents have to remind the city again that they do not want a municipal administration that works for contractors — alongside a presidential system that works for contractors.
An ancient Greek Orthodox church was demolished after its ownership was taken over by the state's Foundations Directorate General, which left the structure unattended for seven years. Saint Georgios Greek Orthodox Church, dating back to 1896, was rehabilitated by the municipality before its ownership was taken away.
Failing political regimes are like marriages on the rocks – when it gets too dreary, they remember the past or promise the moon in some unspecified future date. But take away the AKP’s tales of glory and people face a sober autumn with COVID-19 and forex spinning out of control.
After turning Hagia Sophia, Chora into mosques, Turkish gov’t looking to promote churches, synagogues
After converting the Hagia Sophia and Chora Museum into mosques, the Turkish government is now preparing to promote the country's churches and synagogues in an attempt to polish its tarnished image. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan instructed his executives to have a publicity booklet prepared describing Turkey's churches and synagogues, daily Hürriyet reported.
The new source of debate in Turkey is not whether the government would fall with elections; rather, it is whether the opposition alliance will endure. Instead of merely discussing the possibility of early elections, the opposition should push for the holding of actual elections.
Turkey has introduced a new dress code to visit Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, which was converted into a mosque last month. Following the code's introduction, authorities started to distribute overalls and headscarves in front of the sixth-century site.
The Turkish national police department has deployed a reinforcement unit of 500 special police officers in Istanbul, which were recently deployed to provide security around the periphery of Hagia Sophia following its controversial conversion into a mosque.
Turkey shows disregard towards Byzantine and Christian cultural heritage and fails to fulfil its promise to maintain free access to Hagia Sophia, Nikolay Balashov, an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, said, addressing Ankara's latest decision to convert the historic Chora church into a mosque. The archpriest added that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has fully lost influence "at home."
Istanbul's ancient Chora Museum will be opened for Muslim prayers, the Official Gazette reported on August 21, weeks following the first mass prayers held in the iconic Hagia Sophia in decades. Built as a church by Byzantines, Chora was turned into a museum in 1945, a status that the president annulled in 2019.
The political Islamist aspirations that Erdoğan supporters call “the cause” have been totally unleashed. The amplified noise of this cause no longer allows any voice of finesse to be heard, let alone be amplified, in the Hagia Sophia or elsewhere.