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

 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,...

Turkey Accuses Greece of Doubting their Religious Freedoms

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc suggested last week, that he would like to see Hagia Sophia as a mosque. The diplomatic argument between Greece and Turkey continued this Wednesday with the announcement that the Turks have “nothing to...

Bulent Arinc Wants to See Hagia Sophia as Mosque

The deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has expressed his hope to see Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum turned into a mosque. With this statement he has expanded the agenda of social and religious changes which are planned by the government. During...

Ultra Nationalists in Turkey Want Hagia Sophia to be a Mosque

Giousouf Halatzoglou, MP of the Turkish ultra nationalist party National Movement, submitted a draft law to Turkish National Assembly that proposes to turn Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. Giousouf Halatzoglou is well-known for his relations with the Turkish far...

Turks Admired Athens “Through her Eyes”

Last Sunday, October the 27th a unique photo expo opened its gates to the public. The title of this exhibition is “Athens through my eyes.” The event took place at “And Hotel,” a hotel which is situated in Istanbul....

Archpriest Requests for Hagia Sophia to Open as a Mosque

The archpriest of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (popularly known as the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey, asked the Turkish government to allow Hagia Sophia to operate as a mosque during Islamic holidays. In his speech on the first day of the Sacrifice...

Erdoğan Mulls Hagia Sophia As Mosque

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appears to be moving toward allowing Hagia Sophia, now a museum, to be opened as a mosque. According to the Turkish daily newspaper Vatan, during a meeting between the executives of the ruling Justice...

Avramopoulos on Hagia Sophia's Renovation

“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...

A Greek Travel Guide to Istanbul

Constantinople, Byzantion, Poli, Istanbul. These are the names that Greeks usually use to refer to the once capital of Byzantium and today's largest city in Turkey. Istanbul is a multicultural, modern city, and an attractive tourist destination that offers...