After Hagia Sophia, Turkey’s historic Chora church also switched to mosque

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Source: Reuters

The mediaeval Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, built near the ancient city walls of Constantinople, contains 14th century Byzantine mosaics and frescoes showing scenes from biblical stories.

They were plastered over after the city was conquered by the Muslim Ottomans in 1453, but brought to light again when – like Hagia Sophia – the building was converted to a museum by Turkey’s secular republic more than 70 years ago.

Erdogan, whose AK Party is rooted in political Islam, has positioned himself as a champion of Turkey’s pious Muslims and last month joined tens of thousands of worshippers in the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in 86 years.

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  1. It seems that Turkey is on the way to becoming another Iran or Saudi Arabia. No more secularism, the religious police, and shrouded women. Such a tragedy. I loved Turkey and had wanted to visit Constantinople/Istanbul, but it’s all off my agenda now.

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