Eid al-Adha: Turkey’s President Erdogan Takes Part in Prayer at Hagia Sofia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes part in prayer at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul. To Erdogan and his religious conservative supporters, the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia to a mosque is a milestone in Turkey’s rebirth as a powerful, Muslim nation after a century of misguided efforts to imitate the Christian West. … Read more Eid al-Adha: Turkey’s President Erdogan Takes Part in Prayer at Hagia Sofia

Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media

Turkey’s parliament has passed a controversial social media law – which rights groups say will give the government a greater power to increase online censorship. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter will be required to have local representatives in Turkey. They will also need to store the user data inside the country, making it … Read more Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media

Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years

Turkey’s president joined thousands of people for the first Friday prayers at the Hagia Sophia in more than 80 years. The 1,500-year-old site is revered by both Christians and Muslims. It was converted from a museum to a mosque after a Turkish court ruling earlier this month – a decision criticised by many Christian leaders. … Read more Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years

Hagia Sophia reconversion, Trump’s Portland paramilitaries, EU recovery fund makes history

Why did Turkey choose this moment to reconvert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque? François Picard’s panel looks at trouble at home and abroad as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rivalry with Egypt heats up over Libya. Also, after Portland, US President Donald Trump vows to deploy paramilitaries to Chicago and other … Read more Hagia Sophia reconversion, Trump’s Portland paramilitaries, EU recovery fund makes history

Erdogan joins thousands for first prayers at Hagia Sophia

Friday was the big day in Istanbul as tens of thousands of worshippers took took part in the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news … Read more Erdogan joins thousands for first prayers at Hagia Sophia

LIVE: Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia hosts first Muslim prayers after again being declared a mosque

Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia hosts first Muslim prayers after again being declared a mosque. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news on: http://reuters.com/ Follow Reuters on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reuters Follow Reuters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Reuters Follow … Read more LIVE: Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia hosts first Muslim prayers after again being declared a mosque

Erdogan joins prayers as Hagia Sophia reopens as a mosque

Thousands of Muslim faithful made their way to Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia on Friday to take part in the first prayers in 86 years at the structure that once was one of Christendom’s most significant cathedrals, then a mosque and museum before its reconversion into a Muslim place of worship. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan … Read more Erdogan joins prayers as Hagia Sophia reopens as a mosque

Hagia Sophia: Former Istanbul museum welcomes Muslim worshippers – BBC News

Crowds gathered in Istanbul as the historic Hagia Sophia site opened for Friday prayers for the first time since Turkish authorities ruled it could be converted into a mosque. “Muslims are excited, everyone wants to be at the opening,” Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said on Thursday. The 1,500-year-old Unesco World Heritage site became a museum … Read more Hagia Sophia: Former Istanbul museum welcomes Muslim worshippers – BBC News

Live: Turkey holds first Friday prayers in iconic Hagia Sophia土耳其圣索菲亚大教堂从博物馆变成清真寺后首次举行祈祷

First Muslim prayers are held in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. Built in the early 6th century, Hagia Sophia witnessed the rise and fall of several empires, reopened as a museum and became a symbol of the blending of East and West cultures and one of Turkey’s most popular tourist attractions. The world’s most iconic monument was … Read more Live: Turkey holds first Friday prayers in iconic Hagia Sophia土耳其圣索菲亚大教堂从博物馆变成清真寺后首次举行祈祷

First Muslim Prayer at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in 86 Years

After a gap of nearly a century, Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia on Friday echoed with the sounds of Islamic prayer, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining the faithful to witness the fulfillment of a move calculated to boost his popularity at home and in the broader Muslim world. Friday’s service is the first since Erdogan’s … Read more First Muslim Prayer at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in 86 Years

Erdogan Visits Hagia Sophia Before First Muslim Prayers Following Its Reconversion into a Mosque

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Hagia Sophia on Thursday as the Istanbul landmark prepared for the first Muslim prayers following its conversion back into a mosque after 86 years as a museum. Joined by a large entourage, the Turkish leader paid a surprise visit to inspect final preparations at the structure, including the … Read more Erdogan Visits Hagia Sophia Before First Muslim Prayers Following Its Reconversion into a Mosque

Back to a mosque: Erdogan’s reconversion of Hagia Sophia

Why now? Turkey’s president is ordering a return to tradition for what’s much more than a tourist attraction, but a monument for the ages: after decades of disputes, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has chosen to reconvert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. The move reverses a 1935 decision by the founder of secular … Read more Back to a mosque: Erdogan’s reconversion of Hagia Sophia

Turkey marks failed coup with drone light show

Drones lit up the sky in Turkey’s capital of Istanbul to mark the fourth anniversary of a failed coup. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news on: http://reuters.com/ Follow Reuters on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reuters … Read more Turkey marks failed coup with drone light show

Pope Francis ‘pained’ over Turkey’s decision on Hagia Sophia

‘My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained,’ Pope Francis said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news … Read more Pope Francis ‘pained’ over Turkey’s decision on Hagia Sophia

Turkey reconverts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque

Turkey’s president says the first prayers will be held inside the building on July 24, after he signed a decree formally restoring the landmark’s status as a mosque. On Friday, a court ruled its conversion to a museum in 1934 was illegal. It was the biggest Christian cathedral in the world for nearly 1,000 years … Read more Turkey reconverts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque