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A guide to the world’s greatest churches: Allan Doig includes Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba among 12 examples of magnificent church architecture

I Tweeted this earlier this year and as 2020 draws to a welcome close, I think revisiting this podcast is needed as an aural balm to dampen our anxieties. Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago

Russia highlights Turkey’s readiness to ensure access to Hagia Sophia to all faiths:

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Gli, a beloved and world-famous cat who resided at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, has died, aged 16 @unescowhc  @UNESCO 

For #Erdogan , what’s good for Hagia Sophia is apparently appropriate for Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre as well . Zvi Bar'el

For #Erdogan , what’s good for Hagia Sophia is apparently appropriate for Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre as well . Zvi Bar'el

The Biden campaign issuing a clear and strong statement vs. Erdogan and his recent illegal actions — from desecrating Hagia Sophia to threatening Greece in the EastMed — might be a prelude to a more assertive U.S. role in the region if Biden is elected.

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Turkish court clears way for Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum, built in 6th Century, to revert to being a mosque

The architectural jewel Hagia Sophia can be converted from museum to mosque, a Turkish court said. The change was long sought by Turkey’s president.

Spot the difference. Erdogan in English: Hagia Sophia's doors will be, as is the case with all our mosques, wide open to all, whether they be foreign or local, Muslim or non-Muslim. Erdogan in Arabic: Revival of Hagia Sophia is a sign towards return of freedom to AlAqsa mosque.

NEW: Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia will be converted from a world-famous museum back into a mosque, a Turkish court ruled Friday.

Hagia Sophia: UNESCO deeply regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities, made without prior discussion, and calls for the universal value of #WorldHeritage  to be preserved. Full statement:

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Official statement on Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, part of the property “Historic Areas of Istanbul,” is inscribed on the #WorldHeritage  List as a museum. The inscription entails a number of legal commitments and obligations. More:

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JUST IN: Turkey is holding its first prayer at Hagia Sophia since its re-conversion to a mosque, after over eight decades as a museum.

Turkey's president is talking about turning Hagia Sophia, originally a Byzantine cathedral in the sixth century, into a working mosque again. It would fulfill a dream for President Erdogan— but threatens to set off an international furor.

JUST IN: Pope Francis says he is 'greatly saddened' over change of status of Hagia Sophia

JUST IN: UNESCO says it regrets Turkey's decision of returning Hagia Sophia to being a mosque

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