Ottoman greatness: Turkey will turn an Orthodox monastery into another mosque


The Turkish authorities have decided to make another Orthodox church a mosque - Chora Monastery in the Fatih district of Istanbul, where the Church of the Holy Savior is located. This is reported by the Greek TV channel ERT.


Chora Monastery is one of the brightest architectural monuments of the era of the Comnenian emperors in Byzantium. It will be converted into a mosque using the same formal steps as for the Hagia Sophia - the latter became a mosque in July this year. The temple will be transferred to the department of religious affairs - the Christian frescoes will be closed, and the Chora will turn into a place of kneeling of Muslims

- transfers ERT.

The church was erected in Constantinople (Byzantine name for Istanbul) in 534 AD and is one of the oldest historical structures in Istanbul. In 1511, the temple was transformed into the Kakhriye Mosque, just like Hagia Sophia after the conquest of the Byzantine capital by the Ottomans. Chora was used as a mosque for 434 years, and it was not until 1945 that the monastery became a museum. The State Council of Turkey, as the highest administrative judicial body of the state, decided to turn the Orthodox monastery into a mosque again a year ago, calling the 75-year-old decision illegal.

According to a number of political analysts, such a measure fits into the outline of the actions of the Turkish authorities to revive "Ottoman greatness" - the strategy of revisionism, which is currently adhered to by official Ankara

- emphasizes the Greek TV channel.
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  1. GRF Offline
    GRF 21 August 2020 16: 37
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    And when will the Catholic ones start? Western Christians, I wonder if they get angry then? - violation of human rights in another NATO state ...
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      Cyril (Kirill) 21 August 2020 17: 36
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      They will not take up the Catholic ones - unlike Orthodoxy, the Catholic Church is a much more centralized and strong organization, able to defend its interests.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 21 August 2020 19: 29
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        So today all churches have become closed joint-stock companies with material interests, ZOO and no more ... Especially Zionists, Jehovists and others ... Faith has become a bargaining chip and a channel of enrichment at the expense of the naive and disadvantaged ...
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          Cyril (Kirill) 21 August 2020 19: 32
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          They didn't - they've always been. The only question is influence and efficiency. Today, the Catholic Church is the most influential and effective religious organization in the world.
    2. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 21 August 2020 23: 31
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      And when will the Catholic ones start? Western Christians, I wonder if they get angry then? - violation of human rights in another NATO state ..

      The Byzantines did not build Catholic churches, from their point of view, Catholics are heretics and schismatics.
      In Europe, my churches, left without parishioners, are being converted into anything.
      Here are pretty "decent" options, sometimes worse.

      https://www.dw.com/ru/во-что-превращают-бывшие-церкви-в-германии/a-43187349
      1. GRF Offline
        GRF 22 August 2020 10: 32
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        Well, then I wonder where the Patriarch of Constantinople will move when in Turkey his residence is "privatized" ...
        1. 123 Offline
          123 (123) 22 August 2020 11: 26
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          Well, then I wonder where the Patriarch of Constantinople will move when in Turkey his residence is "privatized" ...

          No idea. However, he here handed out auto-fecal thermoses, maybe they will accept them there? Or the Greeks, as a last resort, will shelter. This is probably done in spite of them.
          By the way, who is sure that he is against? Something I have not met angry statements on this issue. request