Hagia Sophia

Memory of the day: Egypt’s historic Al-Ahram newspaper established in 1875

Mon, 27 Dec 2021 - 10:05 GMT

In the following lines, ET sheds light on the most important world events that took place on December 27.

Did you know that Hagia Sophia was born & lived in Egypt?

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 - 01:38 GMT

Controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned the Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque and opened it for prayers for the first time in 86 years, which sparked a global outrage.

In pics: Turkish Hagia Sophia opens for 1st Muslim prayer in 86 years

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 - 11:58 GMT

The Orthodox Church of Greece announced July 24 is a mourning day for Christians in protest of performing Muslim prayer in Hagia Sophia cathedral, while churches in Cyprus rang out a funereal tone for five minutes.

Egypt’ Grand Mufti: Converting Hagia Sophia into mosque impermissible in Islam

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 - 10:27 GMT

The cathedral was built in the era of Byzantine emperor Justinian I in the 6th century CE (532–537). In 1453, Mehmed the Conqueror had changed it into a mosque, but in 1935 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk turned the mosque into a museum.