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‘Imperial Door’ of Hagia Sophia damaged by unknown parties

Unknown individuals have damaged the “Imperial Door,” also known as the “Emperor Door,” of Hagia Sophia, its largest -- seven meters high -- and...

US commission recommends placing Turkey on special watch list for severe violations

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended that the State Department place Turkey on its special watch list based on the...

Controversial Hagia Sophia imam resigns after warnings from gov’t officials

Professor Mehmet Boynukalın, the chief imam of the Hagia Sophia mosque who has recently made the headlines with controversial remarks on such topics as...

Hagia Sophia imam urges elimination of principle of secularism in new constitution

The chief imam of the Hagia Sophia, which was converted into a mosque from a museum last summer, has said the principle of secularism...

UNESCO seeks permission to examine alterations to Hagia Sophia and Chora Church: report

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has asked for permission from Turkey to examine possible alterations to Hagia Sophia and the...

Turkey converts another ancient Orthodox church to mosque: report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday ordered another ancient Orthodox church that became a mosque and then a popular İstanbul museum to be...

Erdoğan’s job approval rating falls to 50.6 percent in July

The public approval rating of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fell to 50.6 percent in July, continuing on its downward trajectory since the outbreak...

Turkey’s top religious authority defends giving Hagia Sophia sermons while holding sword

Ali Erbaş, the head of the Diyanet, Turkey’s top religious authority, has defended delivering Friday sermons at the Hagia Sophia mosque while holding a...

AKP spokesman rules out re-establishing Islamic Caliphate: report

A spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said the nation will remain a secular republic after a pro-government magazine issued...

Conversion of Hagia Sophia into mosque a message against secularism, Orhan Pamuk says

Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has said the Turkish government’s decision to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a message against...

Erdoğan joins thousands for first Friday prayer at Hagia Sophia mosque: report

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, joined huge crowds on Friday for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to...

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...

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