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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...