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  • Elections 2021 | Will Turkey's Hagia Sophia hurt UDF's prospects in Kerala? Mar 27, 2021 09:02 PM IST

    Elections 2021 | Will Turkey's Hagia Sophia hurt UDF's prospects in Kerala?

    The political ramifications of Hagia Sophia's reconversion into a mosque was felt as far as the Indian state of Kerala, which is around 5,600 km away. The IUML, an ally of the Congress, is accused of supporting the sixth century erstwhile church's reconversion into a mosque.

  • Explained: Hagia Sophia's history of conflict and faith Jul 23, 2020 04:40 PM IST

    Explained: Hagia Sophia's history of conflict and faith

    The 6th century monument, which remains the main feature of the Istanbul skyline, has a history rich with symbolism.

  • Turkey's iconic Hagia Sophia museum turned back into mosque: What you need to know Jul 13, 2020 07:05 PM IST

    Turkey's iconic Hagia Sophia museum turned back into mosque: What you need to know

    The huge structure that Hagia Sophia is, was constructed 1,500 years ago, in the year 537, by Byzantine emperor Justinian. It remained a property of the Byzantine Empire for centuries until the year 1453, when Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II captured Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) and performed Friday prayers inside the structure to celebrate his victory.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Turkish court paves way to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque Jul 10, 2020 07:53 PM IST

    UNESCO World Heritage Site: Turkish court paves way to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque

    President Tayyip Erdogan had proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a focal point of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and now one of the most visited monuments in Turkey.

  • Blast in Istanbul tourist district kills at least 10 people Jan 12, 2016 04:21 PM IST

    Blast in Istanbul tourist district kills at least 10 people

    The Istanbul governor's office said the authorities were investigating the type of explosive used and who might have been responsible for the attack. It said ten people were killed and 15 wounded but gave no further details.

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