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Six of the Most Important Greek Sites in Turkey

There is an almost uncountable number of ancient Greek and Byzantine archaeological and historical sites in Turkey.

Legends About What Lies Under Hagia Sophia

The former Basilica of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople) is the undisputed symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith, hosting millions of visitors, who are awed by its great religious, historical, and architectural importance, each year. From 537 to 1453,...

The Brave Greek Priest Who Held a Liturgy in Hagia Sophia in 1919

A brave Greek priest managed to hold an Orthodox liturgy in Hagia Sophia in 1919 at a time when the iconic cathedral was being used as a mosque. It is commonly believed that the last Orthodox liturgy in Hagia Sophia in...

Hagia Sophia Replica in Syria Attacked by Jihadists; Two dead

At least two people were killed following Sunday’s terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the opening of a Hagia Sophia Replica in Syria’s northwestern Hama province. More than a dozen were injured in what appears to be a jihadist drone...

Hagia Sophia: The Center of Greek Orthodox Faith Through the Ages

The Hagia Sophia remains the symbolic center of Greek Orthodoxy, even centuries after its fall to the Ottomans and its conversion to a mosque.

Hagia Sophia’s Imperial Gate Vandalized Again

The Hagia Sophia's historic Imperial Gate has been damaged again, as vandals appear to have pried out one of the metal plates on the 15th century oakwood door. It was the second time the door has been damaged in...

Ancient Marble Floors Damaged in Hagia Sophia

A number of tiles of the ancient marble floors in Hagia Sophia have been damaged by heavy machines used to clean the site, according to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The historic building, which was built as a church in the Byzantine...

The Sound of Hagia Sophia, Recreated Centuries Later

The sound of Hagia Sophia was recreated recently by two scholars from California’s Stanford University by simply popping a balloon. Bissera Pentcheva, a professor of art history, has published a book on the subject titled Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and...

Hagia Sophia Features in New Turkish Passports

Hagia Sophia, the symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith that was converted by Turkey into a mosque in 2020, will be featured in the new Turkish passport, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday. According to the Turkish president,...

Greece Asks UNESCO to Press Turkey on Hagia Sophia Vandalism

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his “sadness and disgust” at the vandalism to a door of Hagia Sophia in a call with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, on Thursday. Mitsotakis said that the damage to the Imperial Gate demonstrated disrespect...