Media: Russia will build a copy of the Hagia Sophia in Syria


Russia will help build a replica of the Orthodox Cathedral of Hagia Sophia (Wisdom of God) in Syria, after the controversial decision of the Turkish authorities to turn this architectural masterpiece into the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, writes the construction-focused publication Global Construction Review.


The publication reminds that the cathedral was built in Constantinople in 537 under the Byzantine emperor Justinian. In May 1453, Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople. The Byzantine Empire ceased to exist, and the Hagia Sophia was turned into the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. After the defeat of the Ottoman ports (Ottoman Empire) in the First World War in the newly formed Turkey in 1930, the city of Constantinople was renamed Istanbul, and in 1935 the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque was made a museum so that Christians and Muslims could live peacefully on this land.

Now Moscow will help finance the creation of a smaller copy of Hagia Sophia in the Syrian province of Hama. This will be a rebuke from the Russians in relation to the actions of the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

For the first time, Nabil al-Abdullah, one of the leaders of the Syrian militia, who donated his land for the future construction, spoke about this project. This idea was supported by Bishop of Hama Nikolai Baalbaki of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, and then positively received in the Russian State Duma.

According to Russian deputy Vitaly Milonov, Syria, unlike Turkey, demonstrates a real possibility of peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims, where religious buildings have never been transferred from one confession to another.

According to columnist Mohamed Rashid, such a move by the mainly Orthodox militia is a wise decision. This will help strengthen relations with Russia and bring them to a new level.

In turn, the former head of Aleppo's provincial council, Yahya Naanaa, called the construction of an Orthodox church a smart tactic on the part of the militia. This will create a mental connection with fellow Russians.

At the same time, no details about the size of the structure and other characteristics of the project have been provided so far, GCR summed up.
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  1. Valentine Offline
    Valentine (Valentin) 2 August 2020 17: 47
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    When our authorities make life worthy of their people, promised by President Putin, then we can help those who suffer from war and devastation, and our people will not mind.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 2 August 2020 18: 53
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      If it will be Abramovich's or Usmanov's dacha, then, perhaps, they will build it, if the temple is not so ... All of Russia beyond the Moscow Ring Road needs to be rebuilt, especially entire neglected monotowns ...
      1. Digital error Offline
        Digital error (Eugene) 2 August 2020 19: 30
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        Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
        if the temple, so no

        If the same contractor is the one that will build the main military temple.

        Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
        All of Russia outside the Moscow Ring Road needs to be rebuilt

        From there (from the Moscow Ring Road) it is difficult to see it, especially if you communicate with specially trained mushroom pickers - fishermen - keepers of amphorae and Siberian Cranes, and not with Uncle Vanya from Uryupinsk.

        Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
        especially entire neglected monotowns

        Wait a little - we have already thought about reducing their number.

        https://regnum.ru/news/economy/2762265.html

        - which means that life has become better, life has become more fun.
        1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 August 2020 09: 28
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          From there (from the Moscow Ring Road) it is hard to see it, especially if you communicate with specially trained mushroom pickers - fishermen - keepers of amphorae and Siberian Cranes, and not with Uncle Vanya from Uryupinsk ...

          So what kind of president is this, if he is sitting in the looking glass, to drive only such a president, there will be another without Siberian Cranes and eternal unfulfilled promises ..

          Wait a little - we have already thought about reducing their number ...

          And what to do with the people, let hundreds of thousands of residents, former qualified specialists around the world ... Develop the economy of the state in the first place, but the president with the government being approved only pumps out natural resources, the infrastructure develops and the billions received disappear abroad, the people "have no money but you hold on ... ". Change the government with the president without any revolutions, democratically, the will of the people according to the Constitution ...
        2. 123 Offline
          123 (123) 3 August 2020 23: 45
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          Wait a little - we have already thought about reducing their number.

          Why not? Such monotowns are really a problem, in some cases it is easier to close them. Here is one example, for so many years the land was poisoned, no matter how much you clean it, it is better to relocate people, not poison.

          https://youtu.be/aWwEPXu0IeI?t=92

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWwEPXu0IeI
          1. Digital error Offline
            Digital error (Eugene) 4 August 2020 11: 37
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            Quote: 123
            in some cases it is easier to close them

            Remove the status, you mean. And where do residents go - on watch, for the "big" ruble? This will have a beneficial effect on families, as you think (the longer the separation, the stronger the love lol )? I know one person from a single-industry town who was lucky with an employer - the employer voluntarily committed to compensate 50% of the mortgage rate. If there is no monotown, there will be no compensation.
    2. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 2 August 2020 23: 48
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      a worthy life for your people,

      I watched the news yesterday, everything is fine with the people. By and large, "Everything is fine, beautiful marquise, things are going on and life is easy ..."
      And everyone who says that this is not so, they are agents of the West and friends of various dissidents and other semi-criminal elements from London, Switzerland and America.
      1. Digital error Offline
        Digital error (Eugene) 3 August 2020 11: 44
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        everyone who says that this is not so, these are agents of the West and friends of different there

        All processes in the post-Soviet space are similar due to the elementary absence of political culture (it will not be formed in 30 years), regardless of the name of the state ...

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          Bitter (Gleb) 3 August 2020 22: 06
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          ... lack of political culture ...

          If we talk about the "celestials" in power, the word "political" can often be omitted. And where there should be elementary ethics or conscience, there is a slot in the bill acceptor, this is not only among the inhabitants of heaven.
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    Magog (Gog Magog) 2 August 2020 21: 05
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    The cathedral was built of brick of the correct form, and this material was an invention of the second half of the 16th century. The name "Constantinople" refers to a new city on the opposite bank of the Bosphorus, founded at the end of the 14th century, next to the former Constantinople.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 August 2020 19: 42
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      Magog, the prefix "de" suits you very well, Demagogue - very elegant, isn't it? Bricks of the correct shape were used by the ancient Romans in their construction, see the Colosseum in Rome ... Constantinople, from the Roman emperor Constantine ... Istanbul, perhaps more fits your definition since the 15th century ...
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    Bitter (Gleb) 2 August 2020 23: 24
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    Russia will build a copy ... in Syria.

    What's the point? Loot to master?

    ... the cathedral was built in Constantinople in 537 under the Byzantine emperor Justinian.

    And that is what makes this temple what it is. What will the copy look like? If the Russian Orthodox Church will build and exclusively on its own, then let it. But again, why then a copy? After all, you can build something decent and larger. There will be a patriarch of the Russian patrimony, where to fly for "wintering".
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    Alexzn (Alexander) 3 August 2020 18: 40
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    Quote: Magog
    The cathedral was built of brick of the correct form, and this material was an invention of the second half of the 16th century. The name "Constantinople" refers to a new city on the opposite bank of the Bosphorus, founded at the end of the 14th century, next to the former Constantinople.

    This is on flat ground, but on convex ground everything is different.
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    Alexzn (Alexander) 3 August 2020 18: 41
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    Silly idea. I don't think it will be implemented.
  6. Alexey Semenenko (Alexey Semenenko) 4 August 2020 11: 49
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    A plywood copy? How is the Reichstag?