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Greek archaeologists call on UNESCO to intervene and save Hagia Sophia

In an open letter to the director general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, the Association of Greek Archaeologists (SEA) sounded the alarm over recent reports of vandalism and damage to the former Orthodox cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was converted to a mosque in 2020. They also raised concerns …

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Hagia Sophia “mosque” to decorate new Turkish passports

The new generation of Turkish passports will feature an updated design, including a drawing of the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine cathedral-turned-mosque,  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said in an address to the nation. Erdogan formally converted Istanbul’s crowing architectural jewel from a museum into a mosque in 2020, in …

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Eid prayer in Hagia Sophia Mosque “after an 87-year hiatus,” claims Turkey

Turkey opened the doors of Hagia Sophia to thousands of worshipers for the Eid prayer marking the end of Ramadan early Thursday morning. It is the first Eid prayer after “an 87-year hiatus,” state-run news agency anadolu claimed. Certain it that it is the first time the Eid sermon was …

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Turkey ‘s Foreign Ministry lost it: Hagia Sophia is the “sanctuary of Islam”

In a nationalistic rant Turkish so-called “diplomacy” openly threatened Greece with a war similar to the one in 1920-1922. In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Ankara called Greece “racist”, “hostile towards Islam and Turkey” and the “spoiled children of Europe.” It claimed further that Hagia Sophia was “the …

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Thousands flock to Hagia Sophia “mosque” to attend Erdogan’s political fiesta

Thousands of worshipers have been flocking to Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on Friday to attend the first Muslim prayer after 86 years. Some of them even camped outside the Building that was a World Heritage Site over the night and read prayers at the dawn. “Hagia Sophia is ready for …

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Hagia Sophia: With carpets and chandeliers Turkey will cover Christian symbols

Just a few hours are left before Turkey officially converts Hagia Sophia into a mosque and inaugurates the sacrilege fiesta with the first Muslim prayer on Friday. Workers are zealously proceed with works to hide all Christian symbols in the Byzantine Basilica of the 6th century. But no mater how …

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Hagia Sophia mosaics will be covered with curtains during prayers

Mosaics depicting Christian figures in Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered with curtains during Muslim prayers, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Sunday, as work to prepare the building for use as a mosque continues. Authorities had said last week that the mosaics would be concealed with either …

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PM Mitsotakis: Turkey’s behavior on Hagia Sophia issue is directed against Europe

“Turkey’s behavior on the issue of Hagia Sophia is directed against Europe,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday adding that this behavior was “outside the frame and international law. During joint statements with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in Athens, Mitsotakis said that “Turkey’s provocations, which are many, are …

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EU Foreign Ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia and drilling

European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. For their first face-to-face meeting in months, the ministers were planning to discuss taking a tougher stand on Ankara …

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