Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Barack Obama under fire over $400,000 paid speaking gig

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The brilliant student and the party-girl: Macron and Le Pen's polar opposite childhoods

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Hissene Habré trial: Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad's ex-leader

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's First 100 Days - Simpsons Style

Read more

THE DEBATE

The New Normal: Trump's first 100 days in office (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

The New Normal: Trump's first 100 days in office (part 2)

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

French high school students make their voices heard while Le Pen goes fishing

Read more

FOCUS

Burma's citizens still jailed for speaking their minds

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Colombia: FARC disarmament leads to baby boom

Read more

Europe

Istanbul monastery to be converted into mosque

Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2013-11-27

The largest Byzantium monastery in Istanbul will be converted into a mosque after its restoration next year, it has been announced. The Monastery dates back to the fifth century and was the most important in Istanbul during the Byzantium era.

The Monastery of Stoudios, also known as the İmrahor Monument, will be turned into a mosque and be titled İmrahor İlyas Bey Mosque. The renovation of the mosque, which forms part of the Hagia Sophia Museum, will follow the same fate as that of Hagia Sophia churches in Trabzon and İznik, which had been already turned into mosques.

“I wouldn’t like to speak as a member of a council but my personal opinion is that cultural heritage shouldn’t be reflected as an antagonistic heritage. If we reflect it like this, it will damage societies on a macro level,” said Laki Vingas, acting as representatives of the Directorate General of Foundations.

 

Date created : 2013-11-27

COMMENT(S)