On October 18, Dr. Mounir Bouchenaki, Special Advisor to UNESCO on the matter of Turkey’s unilateral reconversion of the Aghia Sophia UNESCO World Heritage Site into a mosque, was received by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, together with Presbyter Dr. Nicholas Kazarian, Professor Elizabeth Prodromou of Tufts University, and public international law attorney Christina Hioureas, Partner and Chair of the United Nations Practice Group at Foley Hoag.
In Turkey, at the intersection of Europe and Asia, lies a remarkable wonder of ancient engineering – the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. Now archaeologists are using new technology to examine this monument.
Istanbul is a beautiful destination that is one of the oldest cities. It has seen so much of history, and there is so many cultural relics here that you will find yourself lost in a dreamy world. There is nothing quite like visiting a place that lies both in Europe and Asia. Celebrating cultures, stories, lives, cuisines, and more.
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What began as an early Christian basilica eventually became a mosque, then a museum, and is now once more a mosque.
World heritage in Turkey: Historical areas of Istanbul with marvelous masterpieces; Irem Yasar; Daily Sabah
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If you have two or three days in Istanbul, use this itinerary to discover off-the-beaten path things to do—many near top attractions. Here’s what you need to know.
Exploring Istanbul: Here’s what to do on your first visit to Turkey’s cultural capital; Pallavi Pasricha; Financial Express
Once the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is replete with history and culture that you can explore in its many museums, mosques and palaces.