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Hagia Sophia could be turned back into a mosque, Turkish president says

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Istanbul's Hagia Sophia - a Byzantine-era cathedral that now serves as a museum - could be reconverted into a mosque, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president,  has said.

Mr. Erdogan made the comments during a television interview late on Sunday ahead of Turkey's March 31 local elections.

 

The former Byzantine cathedral had previously been converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of the city, then-known as Constantinople, in 1453.

Turkey's secular founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, turned the structure into a museum in 1935 that attracts millions of tourists each year.

There have however, been increasing calls for the government to convert the symbolic structure back into a mosque, especially following reports that the gunman who killed Muslim worshippers in New Zealand left a manifesto saying the Hagia Sophia would be "free of minarets."

Mr. Erdogan himself recited prayers inside the Hagia Sophia last year.

The suggestion that Hagia Sophia could be turned into a mosque provoked anger in Greece.

"It is not only a great temple of Christendom - the largest for many centuries - it also belongs to humanity. It has been recognized by UNESCO as part of our global cultural heritage," George Katrougalos, the Greek foreign minister,  said.

"So any questioning of this status is not just an insult to the sentiments of Christians, it is an insult to the international community and international law."

"We want to hope that the correct statements of March 16 by the Turkish leadership will be valid and there will be no change of this status," he added, in reference to a speech by Mr. Erdogan when he ruled out its conversation into a mosque. 

https://www.telegraph.co.United Kingdom/news/2019/03/25/hagia-sophia-might-reverted-mosque-turkish-president-says/

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14 minutes ago, Gaius I. Caesar said:

My personal thought: Leave it alone, it's fine as a museum.

Or could do a deal, Mezquita de Cordoba back into being a masjid in exchange for Hagia Sofia back as a church :grin:

Although currently both are museums so it keeps it neutral.

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2 hours ago, Propaganda_of_the_Deed said:

Or could do a deal, Mezquita de Cordoba back into being a masjid in exchange for Hagia Sofia back as a church :grin:

Although currently both are museums so it keeps it neutral.

It wouldn't happen - Greeks are Orthodox and Spain is Catholic, so the Spaniards wouldn't care much to change all the old Andalusian churches back to Masajid

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1 hour ago, Ar.alhindi said:

It wouldn't happen - Greeks are Orthodox and Spain is Catholic, so the Spaniards wouldn't care much to change all the old Andalusian churches back to Masajid

Thanks I'm fully aware of the differences, was mostly in jest. And I was referring to one specific symbolic site.

However, both sects collectively belong to Christendom

Hence the Greek FM referring to Hagia Sofia as belonging to "Christendom" (and humanity) as opposed to specifically the Orthodox world.

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On 3/27/2019 at 4:19 AM, wania said:

But I do think that a it can be both a mosque and a museum at the same time if its sections are divided. it is possible.

No, it would upset the Christians, besides it would be very distracting to pray with tourists all over the place. 

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18 hours ago, Panzerwaffe said:

Erdogan is a fanatic somebody in Turkish military outta oust him

 

Salam erdogan is a hypocrite but Gulen fans that purged by Erdogan all were fanatics if they were successful in their coup Turkey would in war with Iran & the Gulen fans were persecuting or exiling people from other religions & sects , preferring him is like as choosing between worse & worser that people chose the  worse .

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The truth here is that not too long ago Nouri Maliki was say Karbala should be the new Mekkah with little to no outrage, I think it is great that a Mosque is being respected for what it is a place of worship this isn't a matter of fanaticism or not and you need to look past political agendas and Erdogan's short comings to see the benefit that can come from this.

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Photos: Largest mosque in Turkey inaugurated

http://en.abna24.com/news//photos-largest-mosque-in-turkey-inaugurated_939504.html

May 4, 2019 - 6:21 PM News Code : 939504 Source : ABNA, IQNALink: 

 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the country’s largest and newest mosque on Friday. Construction on the Camlica Mosque Complex began in 2013. It has a capacity of 63,000 worshippers. The previous Turkish record holder in capacity was a mosque in the southern province of Adana. Sabanci Central Mosque, which opened in 1998, can host 28,500 worshippers.

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Demonstration against NATO in Malatya Turkey for removing NATO Radar base from Kureh jik province 

some of their slogans :"way of freedom of Quds passes from removing "Kureh Jik" "کوره جیک"NATO Radar base"

"America & NATO are sources of Terror"

"way of dignified life passes from from removing NATO Radar base & planting olive trees in these places"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malatya

 

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