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Turkey’s Chora church converted into mosque

Date: 23 August 2020 Tags: Architecture
  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has reconverted the historic Chora church, one of Istanbul’s most celebrated Byzantine buildings, into a mosque, a month after opening the famed Hagia Sophia to Muslim worship.
  • 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.
  • Erdogan 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.