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Turkey appoints 3 imams, 5 muezzins to Hagia Sophia

Turkey's top religious authority on Thursday appointed three imams and five muezzins to Hagia Sophia Mosque, an iconic landmark in İstanbul set to open...

Erdoğan pays surprise visit to Hagia Sofia after reconversion to mosque: report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a surprise visit to Hagia Sofia on Sunday just days before the first Muslim prayers are due to...

Erdoğan reassures Putin on protection of Christian features of Hagia Sophia: report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reassured his Russian counterpart on the protection of artwork sacred to Christians inside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia after...

Turkey to inform UNESCO about Hagia Sophia changes: report

Turkey will inform the United Nation’s cultural body UNESCO about steps being taken regarding Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday,...

Pope Francis ‘very saddened’ over Turkey’s Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

Pope Francis on Sunday said he was “very saddened” over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, according to...

Erdoğan previously described calls for Hagia Sophia’s conversion to mosque a ‘trap’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who on Friday signed a decree converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in İstanbul to a mosque, a year ago...

UNESCO calls for dialogue before decision on Hagia Sophia conversion: report

The UN's cultural agency UNESCO warned Turkey on Friday against converting the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia museum in İstanbul into a mosque, urging dialogue before...

Turkish verdict allowing Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque expected Friday: report

A Turkish court is likely to announce on Friday that the 1934 conversion of İstanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, two Turkish...

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