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Hagia Sophia: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia, is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Built in 537 as the patriarchal cathedral of the imperial capital of Constantinople, it was the largest Christian church of the eastern Roman Empire, except during the Latin Empire from 1204 to 1261, when it became the Roman Catholic cathedral. In 1453, after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, it was converted into a Muslim mosque. In 1935 the secular Turkish Republic established it as a museum. In 2020, it was re-opened as a mosque.

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Turks hold first Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia mosque [Video]

Turks hold first Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia mosque

Eid al-Adha -- the Feast of Sacrifice -- is one of the most important holidays in the Muslim Calendar. It includes the pilgrimage to holy city of Mecca, the haj, which is one of the five pillars of..

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Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years [Video]

Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years

Turkish president joins hundreds of worshippers after iconic Istanbul landmark's controversial reconversion into mosque.

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Erdogan joins thousands for first prayers at Hagia Sophia [Video]

Erdogan joins thousands for first prayers at Hagia Sophia

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds on Friday for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at an ancient site long revered in..

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Meet the Hagia Sophia's cat, who still has a job [Video]

Meet the Hagia Sophia's cat, who still has a job

With thousands of Instagram followers and even a former U.S. president as a fan, Gli the cat is almost as famous as her home, Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia.

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Erdogan joins thousands in first prayers at Hagia Sophia [Video]

Erdogan joins thousands in first prayers at Hagia Sophia

Inside Hagia Sophia, white curtains covered an image of Mary and Jesus which would have faced the worshippers. Officials have said the Christian frescoes and glittering mosaics adorning the cavernous..

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Pope 'pained' by Turkey's Hagia Sophia decision [Video]

Pope 'pained' by Turkey's Hagia Sophia decision

Pope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey's decision to make Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move. Megan Revell reports.

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Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again [Video]

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

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Turkey's Hagia Sophia and the battle to reconvert it to a mosque [Video]

Turkey's Hagia Sophia and the battle to reconvert it to a mosque

Turkey's highest court is set to decide the status of the Hagia Sophia, but experts say a legal ruling is only symbolic.

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Hagia Sophia: Former Istanbul museum to open for Muslim worshippers

The former museum will open to worshippers for the first time after being turned back into a mosque.
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His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America held a meeting with U.S. political leaders in Washington on Thursday to discuss concerns over the seizure and re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia in..
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Turkey's Erdogan visits Hagia Sophia after reconversion from museum to mosque

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a surprise visit to Hagia Sophia on Sunday just days before the first Muslim prayers are to be held at the Istanbul landmark since it was reconverted to a..
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Pope 'deeply pained' over Turkey's move on Hagia Sophia

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is “deeply pained” over the decision by Turkey to change the status of Hagia Sophia — which was originally built in Istanbul as a..
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Hagia Sophia: Pope 'pained' as Istanbul museum reverts to mosque

The Pope is the latest faith leader to voice concern at the Istanbul museum reverting to a mosque.
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Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

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Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday formally re-converted Istanbul’s sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it..
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Changes to Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia could trigger heritage review – UNESCO

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UNESCO must be notified of any change in the status of Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia museum and the changes may have to be reviewed by its World Heritage committee, the United Nation’s..
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Turkish court hears case on turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

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By Mert Ozkan ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting Istanbul's sixth century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a..
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Hagia Sophia: Turkey to rule on turning site into mosque

Turkey's Council of State rules on Thursday whether the iconic site can be turned back into a mosque.
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