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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.

In the ROC hope on the common position of Orthodox churches in Hagia Sophia

Local churches must speak with one voice on the issue of changing the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which turned from a Museum into a mosque, said the employee of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, deacon Feodor Shulga at the press conference of the project "Religion and ideology" in MIA "Russia today".

Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 year. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Christian Church in the world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. In mid-July, the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934, the mosque started again services. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox and many Orthodox churches around the world with regret about this decision. Russian authorities announced the decision at the Hagia Sophia a domestic affair of Turkey.

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."

The survey showed how Turkish citizens responded to prayer in the Aya Sofia

Opinions polled by RIA Novosti of Turkish citizens on their attitude to change the status of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia) in Istanbul and complete it on Friday, the first since 1934, the prayer is divided. Some of them will see this event return to the traditions of the Ottoman Empire in the days of her power, the other - another attack on secular principles established by the founder of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

In the first after a long break prayer in the Aya Sofia was attended by President Recep Tayyip erdoğan, who said Sura of the Koran al-Fatiha before the service. All, according to him, the prayer was attended by about 350 thousand Muslims.

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.

Christian mosaic Hagia Sophia closed curtains

Christian mosaics of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, where Friday was the first in 86 years prayer, closed by curtains at the end, 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 at several sites to pray in front of Ayia Sofia. According to the Turkish leader, in prayer was attended by about 350 thousand Muslims.

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.

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