Turkey turns another Hagia Sophia into a mosque on Christmas Eve

Turkey turned another Hagia Sophia church into a mosque. To highlight yet another provocation against the former Greek Orthodox community and Greece, Ankara held a mosque opening ceremony on Christmas Eve, December 24.

The 12th century church is located in the northwestern province of Edirne on the border with Greece. It was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453. The church was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1965 and has remained in ruins ever since.

Turkey converts another Hagia Sophia church into a mosque. On Christmas. By my count, this 12th century church in the northwest province of Edirne on the border with Greece is the fourth such conversion. https://t.co/UZagbiRjNK

– Ayla Jean Yackley (@aylajean) December 26, 2021

This has been the case for over five decades. Unlike others churches of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Trabzon and Iznik, this Byzantine church in Enez has never been used as a museum, unlike the other three Hagia Sophia. It was turned into a mosque and then abandoned for decades. Of course, this story does not legitimize this initiative.

It is noteworthy that at this time in Athens was opened mosque… This is, apparently, such a tolerant response from Christians? What’s next?

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