Turkey to convert another former church to mosque -THE HINDU-22/08/2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the conversion of the Kariye Museum into a mosque.
It was originally converted into the Kariye Mosque half a century after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
It became the Kariye Museum after the Second World War as Turkey pushed ahead with the creation of a more secular new republic.
The ancient Orthodox church, Kariye Museum became a mosque and then a popular Istanbul museum.
The 1,000-year-old building’s history closely mirrors that of the Hagia Sophia.
The Holy Saviour in Chora was a medieval Byzantine church decorated with 14th-century frescoes (paintings) of the Last Judgement.