Russia, Syria agree to build copy of Hagia Sophia
Ulcerated by Turkish President Erdogan’s decision to turn the Istanbul monument into a mosque, Moscow decided to finance a miniature replica. It will be dedicated to Orthodox worship.
So many upheavals! Historical museum since 1934, on July 10, 2020, the Turkish President restored the Hagia Sophia to its status as a mosque. And now she could have a little sister in Syria. Syrian and Russian private funds have offered to rebuild the religious building in the western province of Hama in Syria. According to Lebanese media Al Modon, site preparation work is due to begin in August. The idea comes from the Syrian Nabeul Al-Abdullah, a pro-regime militia leader who obtained the agreement of the bishop of the Orthodox Church of Hama.