[Ed. – Yeah, Hagia Sophia was never going to be a one-off. This 1,000-year-old church is another that was restored after the Ottoman Empire crumbled a century ago, and was made a museum under Ataturk.]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday ordered another ancient Orthodox church that became a mosque and then a popular Istanbul museum to be turned back into a place of Muslim worship. …
The Greek foreign ministry called the decision “yet another provocation against religious persons everywhere” by the Turkish government.
– ‘Steeped in history’ –
The 1,000-year-old building’s history closely mirrors that of the Hagia Sophia — its bigger neighbour on the historic western bank of the Golden Horn estuary on the European side of Istanbul.
The Holy Saviour in Chora was a medieval Byzantine church decorated with 14th-century frescoes of the Last Judgement that remain treasured in the Christian world.