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In Syria plan to build a chapel with the name Hagia Sophia

The commander of the militia of the Syrian Christian town of Scalby Nabil Abdullah announced the intention to build in his hometown chapel with a symbolic name Hagia Sophia.

"It's symbolic of a small Church not more than four metres in height and four in width. This small chapel is designed to show the real face of Syria, where two different civilizations and culture. Especially in this town (Salbei) who received more than 4 thousand refugees who fled from terror," - told RIA Novosti Abdallah.

In the Moscow Patriarchate explained the position of the ROC on the status of Hagia Sophia

The position of the Russian Orthodox Church over the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is not political and ideological, it is not a continuation of Russian policy, said Monday the Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision.

Turkey has condemned the reaction of Greece on prayer in the Hagia Sophia

The official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkey Hami Aksoy condemned the reaction of the Greek authorities on the first namaz in a mosque of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the rally in Thessaloniki, which participants burned a Turkish flag.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not a manifestation of strength and proof of the weakness of Turkey. According to him, Turkey violates the peace, "challenging the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus and insulting the culture of the XXI century through such actions."

In Montenegro the priest brought the case after the prayer service for St. Sophia

Montenegrin police filed a criminal case against the priest of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Podgorica for the violation of measures against coronavirus after a Liturgy in connection with the conversion of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a Museum into a mosque, said the interior Ministry.

In Serbia and Montenegro, which, with varying success fought the Ottoman rule in the Balkans from the XIV to the XX century, the news about the change of status and the first since 1934 the Friday prayer in the Hagia Sophia caused a resonance. Patriarch Irinej of Serbia on July 13 called on the Turkish authorities to leave the object as a Museum with the possibility of both Christian and Islamic religious services.

In Hagia Sophia finished first in 86 years prayer

First since 1934 Friday prayers ended in converted into a mosque Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

In prayer was attended by the President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, who uttered the first Sura of the Koran, "al-Fatiha" before the service. It was broadcast on large screens installed in the square. The believers gathered there welcomed a Turkish leader with cries of "Allah Akbar".

Source: Russian Orthodox Church considers the decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia hasty

Russian Orthodox Church considers hasty and politically motivated decision on the transformation of Hagia Sophia from Museum to mosque, said Friday, RIA Novosti source in the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. Friday at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was the first after 1934 Friday prayer.

Erdogan arrived in Ayia Sofia, where will be the first in 86 years prayer

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the Aya Sofia in Istanbul, which will be the first since 1934 Friday prayer, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Earlier, the Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya announced that access to the area Hagia Sophia is completely closed due to large crowds.

The Hagia Sophia will be the first since 1934 namaz

First after 86-year hiatus Muslim service will be held Friday at the Cathedral of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul, converted into a mosque, the namaz, are expected to attend Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court – July 10, annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.

Erdogan tweeted for the song about Ayia Sofia in nine languages

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared in his Twitter a video for the song about the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, converted from a Museum into a mosque, the composition is performed in nine languages.

The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court – July 10, annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision.

Erdogan, visited the Hagia Sophia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited the Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul, where he got acquainted with the preparatory work for the first divine service after its conversion into a mosque, and shared on Twitter photos.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. They will begin on July 24.

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