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

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 sudden ...

Christendom’s Greatest Cathedral to Become a Mosque

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 does the ...

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

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 were 3,000 ...

Avramopoulos on Hagia Sophia’s Renovation

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 Christian world ...

Orthodox patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

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 the leadership ...

Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

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 in the ...

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

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, which means "Holy Wisdom" ...

The genocide of Armenians seized 1.5 million, Steve Jobs said, when in Istanbul

21/12/2011 Turkish tour guide Asil Tuncer disclosed some facts about the visit of the Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs to Turkey five years ago. When visiting Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Jobs said to the guide: “This is what happened to the Christians?”, “You millions ...

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may become Mosque

A. Tagiyeva 1/11/2011 Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was earlier a Patriarchal Orthodox Cathedral and later a mosque, and now a museum, may once again become an active mosque, the Sabah newspaper reports. Repairs are underway. A mimbar - a platform for the imam -- is planned to be built in the museum. Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent ...

Pangalos: Hagia Sophia belongs to neither Greeks nor Turks

20/9/2010 Greek Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos has clearly expressed his objection to attempts to hold a Greek Orthodox Liturgy at the former basilica of Hagia Sophia regardless of Turkish laws that bar any religious services there, saying that Hagia Sophia belongs to neither Greeks nor Turks but to all of humanity. At the last minute, a ...

Liturgy at Hagia Sophia plan stirs Tension

17/9/2010 A group of Greek Americans and Greeks are planning to arrive in İstanbul today for a religious service at the Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica which is now a museum, despite Turkish officials’ statements that it will not be allowed to take place. The group, a crowd of about 250 people consisting mostly ...

Archbishop George in Białystok

05.09.2010 Polish Orthodox Church From Thursday on an official visit to Poland paid archbishop of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas George. On Sunday hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Białystok. Archbishop George visited churches in Białystok, including Hagia Sophia, Saint Spirit and the Resurrection. Throughout the visit hierarch was accompanied by archbishop of Bialystok and ...