‘Deeply saddened’: Pope Francis on Hagia Sophia reverting to mosque

The pope said he feels ‘deeply saddened’ by the decision of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque. The Unesco-listed building was first constructed as a cathedral in the Christian Byzantine empire but was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 … Read more ‘Deeply saddened’: Pope Francis on Hagia Sophia reverting to mosque

Hagia Sophia: A matter of sovereignty or political narrow-mindedness? | Inside Story

One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul, has been turned back into a mosque. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the site will be open to Muslim worship in less than two weeks, after a top court ruled the building’s conversion to a museum in 1934 was illegal. Built … Read more Hagia Sophia: A matter of sovereignty or political narrow-mindedness? | Inside Story

Erdogan Formally Converts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Back Into a Mosque

The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum. The decision sparked deep dismay among Orthodox Christians. Originally a cathedral, Hagia Sophia was turned … Read more Erdogan Formally Converts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Back Into a Mosque

Turkish top court revokes Hagia Sophia’s museum status, ‘tourists should still be allowed in’

Turkey’s top court ruled that Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia’s conversion from a mosque to a museum in the 1930’s was “unlawful”, paving the way to a reconversion into a house of worship. It is a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a … Read more Turkish top court revokes Hagia Sophia’s museum status, ‘tourists should still be allowed in’

Turkish court clears way for Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum to revert to a mosque

Turkey’s top court ruled that Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia’s conversion from a mosque to a museum in the 1930’s was “unlawful”, paving the way to a reconversion into a house of worship. It is a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a … Read more Turkish court clears way for Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum to revert to a mosque

China celebrates Liangzhu Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with special coins

Talk about a gift with sentimental and material value! Chinese bank authorities are celebrating a 5,300-year-old archaeological site in the eastern city of Hangzhou with special coins and releasing them on the first anniversary of the park’s addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City in Zhejiang Province was built … Read more China celebrates Liangzhu Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with special coins

Erdogan plans to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into mosque

Yet again, the ancient pearl of Byzantine heritage, once an Orthodox Christian cathedral, is at the center of a political row as Turkey’s president proposes turning it into a mosque. The decision’s on hold for now, but the country’s main administrative body is expected to decide on the building’s status in 15 days – even … Read more Erdogan plans to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into mosque

How to protect yourself in the infodemic?

Sharing unverified information during the COVID-19 pandemic can be dangerous, unhealthy, and make our life more confusing. UNESCO and the World Health Organization are calling out this Infodemic and calling on you to be on the frontline for truth. It’s easy. Watch the video for the simple actions we can all take on how to … Read more How to protect yourself in the infodemic?

Live: Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival in an ancient way

Mount Qingcheng, featured in “Kung Fu Panda”, is a renowned UNESCO-crowned Taoist mountain in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, 70 km northwest of the provincial capital, Chengdu. It’s a sought-after destination for the Dragon Boat Festival public holidays. Tai’an ancient town at the foot of the mountains features some of the region’s most iconic culinary delight … Read more Live: Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival in an ancient way

World Heritage gardens reopen after over two months of closure

The 260-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. But the popular tourist destination has implemented several safety measures, including social distancing, reduced staffing, limited visitor numbers, and online-only bookings. Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://goo.gl/lP12gA Download our APP on Apple Store … Read more World Heritage gardens reopen after over two months of closure

Can education gap be bridged worldwide? | Inside Story

Girls, immigrants, ethnic minorities and the disabled – just some of the world’s children at risk of not getting any education. The United Nations says poverty and discrimination continue to prevent huge numbers from going to school. The total was around two hundred and sixty million children two years ago. And that figure will be … Read more Can education gap be bridged worldwide? | Inside Story

CGTN Nature: Altai Mountains Series | Episode 13: Keketuohai

“Keketuohai” means “blue river bends” in Mongolian and “verdant forests” in Kazakh. With a unique landscape, it was enlisted as the first UNESCO Geopark in Xinjiang, northwest China, and the 35th in China. Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://goo.gl/lP12gA Download our APP on Apple Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cctvnews-app/id922456579?l=zh&ls=1&mt=8 Download our APP on Google Play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imib.cctv … Read more CGTN Nature: Altai Mountains Series | Episode 13: Keketuohai

Amphan aftermath: Seawater destroys farmland in Sundarbans

The Indian government has deployed soldiers to help with rescue and relief efforts after Cyclone Amphan hit the country’s eastern coast last week. More than 20 rivers have breached their banks and seawater is seeping into farmlands in the Sundarbans mangroves region – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta reports. – Subscribe … Read more Amphan aftermath: Seawater destroys farmland in Sundarbans

President Xi visits Yungang Grottoes during inspection tour

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Yungang Grottoes on Monday during an inspection tour in Shanxi Province. The carving of the grottoes first started in 460 AD. In 2001, the Yungang Grottoes were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://goo.gl/lP12gA Download our APP on Apple Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cctvnews-app/id922456579?l=zh&ls=1&mt=8 Download our … Read more President Xi visits Yungang Grottoes during inspection tour

World heritage grottoes in China reopen after 108 days

The Mogao Grottoes, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site in the city of Dunhuang, northwest China’s Gansu Province, partially reopened on Sunday, ending its 108-day closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The reopening comes with a host of epidemic prevention measures. All visitors are required to reserve tickets ahead of their trips, and only 1,800 … Read more World heritage grottoes in China reopen after 108 days