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Former Byzantine churches are being converted to mosques – this threatens Istanbul’s cosmopolitan identity

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Hagia Sofia. Baucys/Shutterstock.com Ilay Romain Ors, University of Oxford and Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, University of Pittsburgh Two former Byzantine churches of Istanbul, the famed Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, which served as museums for decades, have been converted to mosques in the space of a month. This has raised concerns. Istanbul’s Greek Orthodox community …

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