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St. Melania the Younger of Rome
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The Hagia Sophia

There is much writing about the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, and the future of it. This historic Cathedal spent many centuries as an Orthodox Church, that is, a Greek Orthodox Church. It was the beginning of Christianity as it spread throughout the world, and was from where the Russian Orthodox Church came to Russia. Now the Turks want to change it back into a mosque which it was made by the Islamic Ottoman Empire, forced into service as a religious icon of Satan ("Synogogue of Satan" mentioned in the Bible). Constantinople was a very rich city and prosperous area, because of the freedoms Christianity afforded the area at the time. It was a Christian hub for 1,116 years and served as a mosque for a smaller 482 years before becoming a museum in 1935. The power hungry and greedy Ottomans desired the riches of the city, and took it over for their own, which merely copies the beauty of the Christian faith in some ways, and turns religion into a political and war state, opposite of Christ's teachings. The Dark Ages soon happened as Islam took over the Middle East and most of Europe. People were enslaved if they did not accept Islam, and they were tortured and killed, much as today.

Hagia Sophia was built between 532 and 537 A. D. by Greek architects Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus at the command of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. The outstanding feature is the great central dome, which is 102 ft. in diameter and 184 ft. high.

Hagia Sophia

Interior of the Hagia Sophia

After the Turkish conquest of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, the church was converted to a mosque with four minarets erected at four corrners of the complex, and the interior was whitewashed and plastered over to obliterate the Christian decorations. Now the government of Turkey wants to return this museum back into this ugly state, and use it as a mosque.

The Hagia Sophia represents the greatest achievement of Byzantine art and the designs of many mosques in Constantinople and other Turkish cities were based on its design; and when it became a museum for secular purposes, the whitewash was removed from the mosiacs. Now they are covered up again. There are no shortages of mosques in the area, and to give this Cathedral back to the rightful owners would be a blessing, and show some integrity of the Turkish government towards Christians, for a change. The Turks owe the Christians much, apologies to the Armenians for the genocide of these Christians, and return of this Cathedral would prove a good start towards that.

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

 

 

 

There is a movement among Orthodox Christians to give back the Hagia Sophia to the Greek Orthodox Church, hopefully before any further damage to it is sustained.

We pray daily for the Hagia Sophia.

3D virtual tour of the Hagia Sophia

In Christ,

Melania

 

 

 

 
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