A fine Byzantine church in Turkey has been converted into a mosque

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Religion in Turkey Erasing the Christian past A fine Byzantine church in Turkey has been converted into a mosque Jul 27th 2013 From the print edition Sinful paintings on the ceiling? ON JULY 5th the mufti of Trabzon gathered with other citizens for the first Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, not at a mosque but at an ancient ... (more)

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TRUTHlover

Sydney, Australia

#1 Aug 4, 2013
hi roboblogger ....how many times do you want to bring up the same 'news'.....
which is btw. only an Armenian propaganda bs stand....

how would it be to publish genuine news about Turkey ....

it is a shame mate, you are not doing your job right, ever heard of being neutral or objective??

cheers,
murat von zurich

Safenwil, Switzerland

#2 Aug 4, 2013
it is not a propaganda but a genuine news but for you all about how to deny it. this article was taken from respected magazine The Economist so it is not an Armenian propaganda as you described it.

Erasing the Christian past
A fine Byzantine church in Turkey has been converted into a mosque
Jul 27th 2013 | TRABZON |From the print edition
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Sinful paintings on the ceiling?
ON JULY 5th the mufti of Trabzon gathered with other citizens for the first Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, not at a mosque but at an ancient Byzantine church. The gathering was a symbolic re-enactment of the conquest in 1462 of this ancient Greek Black Sea port by Mehmet II, the Ottoman sultan who had wrested Constantinople from the Byzantines in 1453. He marked his victory by converting the Haghia Sophia cathedral of today’s Istanbul into a mosque.

Haghia Sophia’s sister of the same name in Trabzon is less grand. Yet with its dazzling frescoes and magnificent setting overlooking the sea, the 13th-century building is regarded as one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. As with other Christian monuments, the Haghia Sophia in Trabzon has become a symbol in the battle between secularists and Islamists. It was converted into a mosque around the 16th century and, after other incarnations, became a museum in 1964. But the Islamists won the last round in 2012 when a local court accepted the claim by the General Directorate of the Pious Foundations, the government body responsible for Turkey’s historic mosques, that the Haghia Sophia belonged to the foundation of Mehmet II and was being “illegally occupied” by the culture ministry.

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The decision provoked surprising anger in a city notorious for its ultra-nationalist views.“It’s about erasing the Christian past, reviving Ottomanism,” says a local historian.“There are enough mosques in Trabzon, half of them empty, what was the need?” chimes in Zeki Bakar, a neighbourhood councillor. A lawsuit has been brought to undo the conversion.

Even so, the mildly Islamist Justice and Development (AK) government carried out the conversion in time for Ramadan. A red carpet now obscures exquisite floor mosaics. Shutters and tents beneath the central dome shield Muslim worshippers from “sinful” paintings of the Holy Trinity. Shiny steel taps with plastic stools for ablutions clutter a once-verdant garden filled with ancient sculptures.

Mazhar Yildirimhan of the Pious Foundations Directorate’s office in Trabzon shrugs off complaints as propaganda. But for experts the conversion is tragic, and will inevitably lead to damaging the building.“It seems to follow closely that of Haghia Sophia in Iznik,” warns Antony Eastmond of the Courtauld Institute of Art, referring to another conversion.

All this is prompting anxiety that the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul “will be next”. These fears are overdone. Restoration work on the famous basilica has continued under a decade of AK rule and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has dismissed worries about its fate. Yet Mr Yildirimhan makes no secret of his desire for a conversion, which he says is shared by fellow Muslims.“It was ordained by the sultan,” he says.“We have all the records.”
Levendberiker

Germany

#3 Aug 4, 2013
Since when is the economist respectable?
TRUTHlover

Sydney, Australia

#4 Aug 4, 2013
okay ... it is from the Economist ....

but who is the source of the Economist??? who wrote it??

if you read the entire article, you quickly realize how bias it is written .... now, if the Economist is such 'a respected magazine'... how can it publish such a one-sided story???

do not get confused between the Economist and Der Spiegel!
They are two different magazines, with different approaches ...

this article is a desperate attempt by the Armo-Greco Propaganda machine to make some little gain, after having lost some ground .... desperate attempt ...

just think, I give you a very logical counter-argument, the Church served for approx. 500 yrs as Mosque, nothing was destroyed (incl. the paintings), repeat NOTHING !... why should it be now destroyed, if it is again used as a Mosque? why? give me one serious reason....
it is the typical scare tactic of the Armo lobbyists ...

cheers,

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