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Turkey: Walls of Constantinople erected outside Hagia Sophia on 567th anniversary of fall01:45

Turkey: Walls of Constantinople erected outside Hagia Sophia on 567th anniversary of fall

Turkey, Istanbul
May 29, 2020 at 17:43 GMT -00:00 · Published

Models of the historic Walls of Constantinople have been set up outside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, on Friday, as part of the commemoration of the 567th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

The fall of Constantinople, later to be renamed Istanbul by the Ottomans, came as the culmination of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars (1265-1453). In the years to follow, the Hagia Sophia — an Orthodox Christan church before the fall of Constantinopole — was repurposed into a mosque.

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the anniversary will also be commemorated with Islamic prayers inside the Hagia Sophia. The announcement drew criticism from neighbouring Greece, whose population is overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian.

Turkey: Walls of Constantinople erected outside Hagia Sophia on 567th anniversary of fall01:45
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Models of the historic Walls of Constantinople have been set up outside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, on Friday, as part of the commemoration of the 567th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

The fall of Constantinople, later to be renamed Istanbul by the Ottomans, came as the culmination of the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars (1265-1453). In the years to follow, the Hagia Sophia — an Orthodox Christan church before the fall of Constantinopole — was repurposed into a mosque.

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the anniversary will also be commemorated with Islamic prayers inside the Hagia Sophia. The announcement drew criticism from neighbouring Greece, whose population is overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian.

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