Museum to Mosque: Why Hagia Sophia Matters, by Ines A. Murzaku

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*Image: View of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople by Eduard Hildebrandt, c. 1852 [The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia] 

By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing, July 13, 2020

Ines Angeli Murzaku is Professor of Church History at Seton Hall University. Her extensive research on the history of Christianity, Catholicism, Religious Orders, and Ecumenism has been published in multiple scholarly articles and five books. …


Ines A. MurzakuCanceling history has become popular these days. It started in America but has spread to Italy, Spain, England, Belgium, and most recently Turkey.  Some of the main techniques involve toppling and desecrating monuments and statues that function as outdoor museums, which tell the history of the people who have made history. You can start to know the history of a city by exploring the statues and monuments in city parks and common areas.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan just joined the others by declaring his intention to convert the majestic Christian Basilica, Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom) – currently a national museum and one of the most visited sites of Turkey – into a mosque. And the Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative body, has decided he may do so.

What is the history behind Hagia Sophia? …