Hagia Sophia

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers

Thousands of men and women, including many who traveled from across Turkey, are set to perform prayers in segregated areas outside Hagia Sophia.

published on : 24th July 2020

Explainer: Hagia Sophia's history of conflict and faith

The 6th century monument, which remains the main feature of the Istanbul skyline, has a history rich with symbolism. 

published on : 23rd July 2020

Pope 'very distressed' over Turkey's Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral that was turned into a mosque after Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Empire and had served as a museum for the last 86 years.

published on : 12th July 2020

Turkish government formally makes Hagia Sophia museum as mosque

The decision has sparked deep dismay among Orthodox Christians as the building was once a cathedral that was turned into a mosque after Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Empire.

published on : 10th July 2020