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Turkey to convert another Greek church into a mosque

No comment from the Patriarch of Istanbul yet…

Well the head of the Greek church is the president of Turkey, who delegates the approval of the Patriarch to his interior minister… As Fr. Adrian Fortescue said, they chose the sultan’s turban over the pope’s tiara…

Turkey to convert another Greek church into a mosque

Turkish authorities are reportedly moving ahead with the conversion of another Byzantine Greek Orthodox church into a mosque. The Chora Church in Istanbul will be open to Muslim worshippers for Friday prayers on February 23, according to a report in the Yeni Safak newspaper. The plan to convert the church, which had been operating as a museum for nearly 80 years, dates from 2020, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree that also included turning the iconic Hagia Sophia church into a mosque. While Hagia Sophia was inaugurated as a mosque in July of that year, the Chora Church scheme was put on hold so that restoration work could be carried out. Famous for its outstanding Late Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, it had been converted into a mosque in the 16th century after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) in 1453, before it became a museum in 1945.