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Byzantine era icons in the interior of the church.

Another Byzantine-era church in Turkey to revert to mosque

Feb 13, 2024


After serving as a museum for more than 79 years, the Turkish government is proceeding with plans to make the... Read more

President Recep Erdogan in 2020 converted the former Byzantine church, the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.

How difficult is it to be a Christian in Turkey? What you need to know

Jan 29, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Terrorists stormed a Catholic church during Mass on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one person by shooting him in the... Read more

The apse of the 700-year-old Chora Church in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey turns second historic Istanbul church into mosque

Aug 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Syrian government to build replica of Hagia Sophia

Jul 30, 2020

The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Catholic bishops join Orthodox in 'Day of Mourning' for Hagia Sophia

Jul 24, 2020

Catholic bishops across the United States have issued joint statements with their Greek Orthodox counterparts expressing sorrow at the reopening... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Indonesian Muslim party warns Erdogan could spark global ‘clash of civilizations’

Jul 24, 2020

An Islamic political party in Indonesia said Tuesday that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could spark a civilizational clash because of... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon.

Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Jul 24, 2020

As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said... Read more

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the first female president of Greece.

Hagia Sophia: Greek president appeals to Pope Francis to put pressure on Turkey

Jul 21, 2020

The president of Greece called Pope Francis Monday urging the pope to advocate for the preservation of the status quo... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hagia Sophia as mosque has global implications for religious freedom, experts say

Jul 17, 2020

By Matt Hadro

As Christians and world leaders lament Turkey’s reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, some experts warn that the act... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis expresses sadness after Hagia Sophia is declared a mosque

Jul 12, 2020

Pope Francis expressed his sadness Sunday after Turkey’s decision to convert the former Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia back into... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hagia Sophia declared a mosque hours after court ruling

Jul 10, 2020

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signed a decree converting Hagia Sophia, the former cathedral of Holy Wisdom in Istanbul, into... Read more

Caption: A view of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey on Nov. 27, 2014.

Turkish court ruling paves way for Hagia Sophia to be turned into mosque

Jul 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Turkish court paved the way Friday for the former Christian basilica Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to be turned back... Read more