The Russian Orthodox Church commented on Turkey’s decision to turn the Chora monastery into a mosque

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The Russian Orthodox Church commented on Turkey’s decision to turn the Chora monastery into a mosque

The Turkish authorities do not fulfill their promises to maintain free access to the cultural values ​​of the Hagia Sophia and demonstrate “contemptuous indifference to … RIA Novosti, 21.08.

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Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate

Nikolay Balashov

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MOSCOW, Aug 21 – RIA Novosti. The Turkish authorities do not fulfill their promises to preserve free access to the cultural values ​​of the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia and demonstrate “contemptuous indifference to Christian cultural values,” Archpriest, Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, told RIA Novosti Nikolay BalashovThis is how he commented on Ankara’s decision to turn Chora Monastery into Istanbul to the mosque. Earlier, the Turkish Religious Affairs Office confirmed to the agency that the monastery, where the famous Church of the Holy Savior is located, will be used for Muslim prayers. Balashov noted that the mosaics of the temple remain closed for review throughout the day. In addition, under current conditions, access to the main cultural values ​​of the cathedral is limited for women. According to the agency’s interlocutor, it is almost impossible to see the images from the places available to them. The priest suggested that now the same should be expected in the temple of the Savior in the Fields. He recalled that Russian Orthodoxy successively adopted the spiritual and cultural values ​​of the Mother Church of Constantinople. Turkey On July 10, he annulled the decision of 1934 to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum. Immediately after that, President Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree to turn the cathedral into a mosque and begin Muslim worship there. The first prayer was performed in Hagia Sophia on July 24.The Temple of Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Byzantine Christian emperor Justinian I and opened on December 27, 537. The cathedral was for about a thousand years the largest temple in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the cathedral was converted into a mosque, but since 1934 the building, by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state, Kemal Ataturk, became a museum and was included in the World Heritage List UNESCO.

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