Hagia Sophia

State Department to Turkey: Respect Hagia Sophia’s Tradition and Complex History

June 13, 2016 Featured News

GREGORY PAPPAS – PappasPost- June 2016 Turkey has come under fire from Greece for allowing daily Ramadan prayers inside Hagia Sophia, a United Nations World Heritage site and museum and one of the most important symbols of Christianity. Following angry denunciations from Greece’s foreign ministry, Turkey fired back creating a cross-Aegean war of words over religious […]

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Secrets of the Hagia Sophia – Healing Powers, Mysterious Mosaics and Holy Relics

May 31, 2015 Featured News
Hagia Sophia at dusk

  STEVE ANDREWS – http://www.ancient-origins.net/ – May 2015 The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has a very long history. It has survived earthquakes, religious power struggles, and has been a church (basilica), a mosque and is now a museum. It is known as the Ayasofya in Turkish, and was dedicated to the Wisdom of God, the Logos. There […]

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The Last Divine Liturgy in St. Sophia – Constantinople

May 29, 2015 Featured News

May 2015 – http://www.londinoupolis.blogspot.co.uk/ Many, even Orthodox, even Greeks, believe that the last Divine Liturgy in St. Sophia, in Constantinople, was celebrated on the 29 May 1453. However, the last Liturgy took place in 1919. The priest who celebrated the Divine Liturgy was Fr. Lefteris Noufarakis, who was from Alones Rethymnou, Crete. He was an army […]

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The taste of vinegar

May 22, 2015 Featured News

Bishop Makarios of Kenya – May 2015 – Orthodox Mission Fraternity  The more the soul of man is deprived of material goods, the more God strengthens her and prepares her for a spiritual exaltation and a life of bliss, peace and innocence. One can see that the struggle of this soul is a spiritual exercise, […]

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The first Orthodox church in 100 years to be built in Warsaw—will Resemble Hagia Sophia

February 10, 2015 Featured News

10/2/15 Construction of a new Orthodox church in the Polish capital of Warsaw will start in April 2015, reports PoloNews. In the last hundred years, no new churches have been built in the capital of Poland. The Orthodox church will be constructed on a piece of land of 1.5 hectares. The architectural design of the […]

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Wall crumbles around Sophia Cathedral of Kiev

November 1, 2014 Featured News
Photo: n.sophiakievska.org

October – November 2014 A part of the wall of the “Sophia of Kiev” National Preserve (the main component of which is the Hagia Sophia Cathedral complex) has partially crumbled. The Culture and Tourism permanent commission in the Kiev City Council did not rule out the possibility of further destruction in “Sophia of Kiev” National […]

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Calls for prayers in Hagia Sophia raise concerns

May 9, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 ISTANBUL — Numerous supporters of controversial imam Fethullah Gülen recently started a campaign on Twitter calling for the Hagia Sophia to be reopened as a mosque. The move, which is also being supported by numerous politicians, has been questioned by others who note that Gülenists purport to promote dialogue and tolerance toward other […]

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May 5, 2014 Featured News

Istanbul – May 2014The current Turkish prime-minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is considering the possibility of Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul (Constantinople), reports Romphea. Erdogan is planning to participate in a namaz at the historic Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople, reports the Radikal Turkish daily newspaper. The Muslim prayer will probably be performed […]

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Turkish Byzantinist Believes True Cross “Hidden” in Hagia Sophia

April 19, 2014 Featured News

19/4/14 As reported in the Turkish newspaper Sabah, Radi Dikici, one of Turkey’s most eminent Byzantinists [among his books are Bizans İmparatorluğu Tarihi (History of the Byzantine Empire), Şu Bizim Bizans (This Our Byzantium) and a novel titled Empress Theodora] believes that a portion of the True Cross discovered by Empress Helen in the fourth century and brought to Constantinople still resides […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch: “Hagia Sophia should not be turned into a Mosque

March 9, 2014 Featured News

Abed Alloush – 9/3/14 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has expressed strong opposition to the potential conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. He was speaking during a debate about whether or not Hagia Sophia should become a mosque, at the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, which is underway in Istanbul, and his statements […]

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Greek Archbishop of America: ‘Hagia Sophia Must Not Become a Mosque’

December 21, 2013 Featured News

Abed Alloush – 21/12/13 Archbishop of America, Demetrios, expressed his deep concern over the statements of turning Hagia Sophia of Istanbul into a Muslim mosque. In a related announcement of the archdiocese, “His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, expressed his grave concern over current rhetoric by some Turkish state officials regarding the […]

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The great church

December 12, 2013 Featured News

Dean Kalimniou- 12/12/13 “Solomon, I have surpassed you.” Emperor Justinian One of my chief sources of pride derives from the fact that my family’s origins lie in Tralles, modern day Aydin, home of the great Modern Greek writer, Dido Sotiriou and of course, Anthemius, one of the architects of possibly one of the most important […]

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Greece angered over Turkish Deputy PM’s Hagia Sophia remarks

November 22, 2013 News

November 2013 The Greek Foreign Ministry has reacted angrily over a possible conversion of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque following statements from Turkish officials. “The repeated statements from Turkish officials regarding the conversion of Byzantine Christian churches into mosques are an insult to the religious sensibilities of millions of Christians and are actions […]

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Hagia Sophia mosque conversion under fire

September 5, 2013 Featured News

ISTANBUL – 5/9/13 The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate released a statement criticizing the possible reconversion of the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul into a mosque. The statement said that there was a possibility of the “church-turned-mosque-turned-museum” in Istanbul being reconverted into a mosque, as two previous cases of […]

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Haghia Sophia: The First Great Martyr of Christian Art and Architecture, by Nikolaos Manginas

September 5, 2013 News

Istanbul, Turkey 9/2/2013 It all started with the Church of Haghia Sophia in Nicaea. Then Haghia Sophia in Trabzon. Both of these glorious Byzantine churches – which functioned for many decades as museums – have now been turned into mosques, a harsh reminder of their forced conversion centuries ago. And this in accordance with recent […]

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Christendom’s Greatest Cathedral to Become a Mosque

June 21, 2013 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim – 21/6/13 While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey—and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks—are quietly transpiring.  These include the fact that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia museum is on its way to becoming a mosque. Why […]

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Concerns Grow Over Converting Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Church Into a Mosque

June 21, 2013 Featured News

21/6/13 JNS.org – Amid fears in Turkey of the Islamist policies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concerns are growing over a government commission to convert the historic Hagia Sophia Church of Istanbul into a mosque. “The desire to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not about Muslims wanting a place to pray—as of 2010, there […]

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Avramopoulos on Hagia Sophia’s Renovation

March 23, 2013 News

Margarita Papantoniou – 23/3/13 “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring both the developments concerning Hagia Sophia of Istanbul and the reversal of the Turkish Government’s politics against Christian monuments in its dominion,” reported the Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos in a document forwarded to the Parliament. He pointed out that “Greece and the rest of the […]

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Orthodox patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

February 22, 2013 Featured News

22/2/13 Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under […]

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Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

August 3, 2012 Featured News

3/8/2012 Historic Church of St. Sophia in Nicaea (modern Iznik, Turkey), where in 787, held the Seventh Ecumenical Council, began to function as a mosque, to which has already been assigned aMufti. This is reported by “Romfea.” Hagia Sophia in Nicaea was first converted into a mosque in 1331, after the conquest of Asia Minor […]

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Muslims in Turkey demand conversion of renowned Christian church site to a mosque

June 14, 2012 Featured News
The Hagia Sophia, or Aya Sofya is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the.. (eleephotography via Flickr)

By: Nicola Menzie Christian Post 14/6/2012 Thousands of Muslims in Turkey, preparing to celebrate the Ottoman conquest of the country 500 years ago, are demanding that authorities allow them to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, despite laws forbidding worship at what was once the world’s most renowned Christian church. Instanbul’s Hagia Sophia, […]

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