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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...

Hagia Sophia’s 6th Century Imperial Gate Vandalized

The historic Imperial Gate in Hagia Sophia has been badly damaged, a Turkish group announced on Tuesday. The Turkish Association of Art Historians (STD) posted a picture clearly depicting the damage to the oak wood of the 15-century-old gate. The Imperial...

Hagia Sophia to Hold First Ramadan Prayer in 88 Years

Hagia Sophia, the symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith that was converted by Turkey into a mosque in 2020, will hold its first tarawih prayer in 88 years, a special evening prayer during the Muslim fasting month of...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Slams Turkey as Erdogan Celebrates Hagia Sophia Anniversary

Archbishop Elpidophoros issued a statement on the occasion of the first anniversary of the conversion of Hagia Sophia into an Islamic mosque.

US State Department Slams Turkey on Ecumenical Patriarchate, Hagia Sophia

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addressed reporters after the release of the 2020 Religious Freedom Report, making no mention of Turkey.

“There’s No God But Allah” in Hagia Sophia Notes Turkey

Turkey illuminated Hagia Sophia, the historic Byzantine Church, now turned mosque, with a "There's No God But Allah" sign on Saturday.

United States and Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement

The United States and Turkey signed a "Cultural Property Agreement" on Tuesday which ostensibly calls for the protection of cultural property in Turkey but has set off alarm bells in the academic community, with many fearing that it paves...

Erdogan: Conversion of Hagia Sophia into Mosque "Crown of 2020"

In an address to the nation, Turkish President Erdogan called his decision to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque the "crown of 2020."

Council of Europe Condemns Conversion of Hagia Sophia from Museum to Mosque

In an official statement released on Friday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) condemned Turkey's July 13 decision to convert the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque. PACE's Committee on Culture, Science, Education & Media...

Archdiocese of North America Petitions UN on Hagia Sophia Reconversion

It was announced on Tuesday that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is petitioning United Nations experts to hold the Republic of Turkey accountable for what the archdiocese calls "its deliberate policies to erase the cultural heritage of Orthodox...