Wed, 16 September 2020
Hagia Sophia, the 6th century architectural masterpiece at the heart of Istanbul, Turkey was built as a Roman Catholic cathedral. It has, over 1500 years, been devoted to the Eastern Orthodox Church, Islam and the Turkish secular state. Now, it’s been reclaimed for Islam and the political interests of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the re-opening of the mosque has been celebrated by selected Muslims and selected political supporters. Pinar Tremblay of Al-Monitor has the story.