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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:10 AM   #21
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The original name of that church is San Antonio di Padova. Its architect is a native italian Giulo Mongeri, who was born in Istanbul, gave it an Italian Neo-Gothic style.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:18 PM   #22
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the constreuction date was 1912 if I am not wrong
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Old February 27th, 2007, 12:42 PM   #23
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Old February 28th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #24
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What about the most famous church of them all in Turkey?



nb not a church since 1453...but built as one!
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Old February 28th, 2007, 10:27 AM   #25
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its identity is not church, and if it is not church no need to metion a building as chuch.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #26
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Well actually Kuvvaci, since some of the already posted "churches" are nothing more than x-churches, Hagia sofia can be posted as the greatest of all.But if the post is intented only for today-active churches then ok
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Old February 28th, 2007, 09:35 PM   #27
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I think Aya Sofya can be added too. We simply forget that it was a church once upon.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 12:00 AM   #28
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I think Aya Sofya can be added too. We simply forget that it was a church once upon.
I commend you on your maturity and openness to reason. Good reply.

There is nothing wrong in recognizing that Agia Sophia was initially built as one of the most important churches of Eastern Christianity, then was transformed into a mosque, and today is a museum.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 12:12 AM   #29
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I'm with sun&sun here. It is originally a church. Still the house of god
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Old March 1st, 2007, 01:07 AM   #30
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I commend you on your maturity and openness to reason. Good reply.

There is nothing wrong in recognizing that Agia Sophia was initially built as one of the most important churches of Eastern Christianity, then was transformed into a mosque, and today is a museum.
That's simply because it's the "Aya Sofya Museum" officialy! It was Atatürk who closed the "Aya Sofya Mosque" and made a museum out of it so people simply support this. Many people accept this without thinking about it since it was Atatürk's decission! People are also against the idea of calling it a mosque or opening it again as a mosque. So this "denial" that it isn't recognized as a church doesn't have anything to do with that what Greeks think of! It's not like that everyone thinks that's a church but calls it a museum, you're told in primary school that's a museum and that it was Atatürk who took this decission and so it stays as a museum in your head for the rest of your life. So it's not something that is made with intend.

It's like that Turks think that Greek call Istanbul Contantinople because they want to provoke but they don't know that it's simply the name that is used in Greece. That' the same with Aya Sofya, there is no intend why we don't call it a church.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:04 AM   #31
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Why did Atatürk close the "Aya Sofya Mosque" and made a museum out of it?

The former mosques in Spain are used as churches until now.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 11:21 AM   #32
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This great building was built as a church, it was used by muslims for centuries but it was not built for muslims so he decided to open it for everyone in Turkey and not only for muslims or christians of the country! This is Hagia Sophia, one of the most known and greatest buildings, you can't give it only to a certain part of the populaton so he opened it for everyone! He was a visionary man!
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 02:13 AM   #33
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Why did Atatürk close the "Aya Sofya Mosque" and made a museum out of it?
Well its quite simple, its a monument such as parthenon and a lot others, u cant use monuments as for what they were intented to be used for, either for any other purpose.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #34
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Thank you for this beautiful, excellent and highly informative post. It finally helps to lay rest the myth that there is no religious freedom in Turkey. How is it possible that a country where mosques churches and synagogues co-exist, sometimes in the same neighbourhoods people accuse of failing to respect religous freedom ?
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Old March 8th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #35
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Wow, some very beautiful churches!!!!!!!
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Old May 27th, 2007, 10:12 PM   #36
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AYA SOFIA -TRABZON
















Greek Churches in Giresun but now museums















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Old May 30th, 2007, 10:49 AM   #37
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hey i like the Greek churches in Turkey..maybe i'll visit someday!
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Old May 30th, 2007, 10:51 AM   #38
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I think the Armenian or Bulgarian churches are as nice as the Greek ones.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 04:29 AM   #39
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funny thing, the Greek churches in Turkey look better than the churches in Greece! Much more variety, really nice!
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 12:55 PM   #40
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Is it not somethjing normal since they are more ancient and were located in the centre of the world, namely in historical Constaninople.
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