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Russian Officials Demand Turkey Return Hagia Sophia As “friendly gesture”

Hagia sophia 2 interior mosaicRussian officials are demanding the return of the Hagia Sophia —  the majestic ancient Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul — as a show of good will in the aftermath of the downing of the Russian jet.

“We expect Turkey to take this friendly step – to return the Christian church Hagia Sophia. The Russian side is ready to help materially and to recruit the best Russian restorers and scientists to restore the church…

“This step would help Turkey and Islam to demonstrate that the good will is above politics.”

The church, which was built in 537 by Emperor Justinian, was converted into a Mosque following the Islamic conquest and occupation of Christian city of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453.

Constantinople was later renamed Istanbul.

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SVETINJA Russians demand of Turkey “friendly gesture” – that Hagia Sophia is returned

Poslanici ruske Državne dume podržali su ideju da se pravoslavnoj crkvi vrati Aja Sofija u Istanbulu, saopštio je predsednik komiteta Dume za pitanja imovine, koordinator međupartijske parlamentarne grupe za zaštitu hrišćanskih vrednosti Sergej Gavrilov. Letter to the Russian State Duma supported the idea that the Orthodox Church returned Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, said the president of the Duma Committee on property issues, coordinator of inter-party parliamentary group for the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov.

Gavrilov je istakao da ruska strana smatra neophodnim da podseti na najstariju svetinju celog hrišćanskog sveta, Svetu Sofiju Carigradsku u Turskoj, u Istanbulu, drevnu vizantijsku crkvu, čija je istorija povezana sa istorijom Vaseljenskog sabora, javljaju ruski mediji. Gavrilov said that the Russian side considers it necessary to remind the oldest sanctity of the whole Christian world, St. Sophia of Constantinople in Turkey, in Istanbul, an ancient Byzantine church, whose history is linked with the history of the ecumenical council, Russian media reported.

“Očekujemo da Turska preduzme taj prijateljski korak – da vrati Aja Sofiju hrišćanskoj crkvi. Ruska strana je spremna da pomogne materijalno i da angažuje najbolje ruske restauratore i naučnike da restauriraju tu crkvu”, rekao je Gavrilov i dodao: “We expect Turkey to take this friendly step – to return the Christian church Hagia Sophia. The Russian side is ready to help materially and to recruit the best Russian restorers and scientists to restore the church,” Gavrilov said, adding:

“Taj korak bi pomogao Turskoj i islamu da pokažu da je dobra volja iznad politike.” “This step would help Turkey and Islam to demonstrate that the good will is above politics.”

Stranka CPFR je, takođe, saopštila da sada, kad su rusko-turski odnosi stavljeni na test zbog obaranja ruskog vojnog aviona od strane turskih lovaca pre dva dana, “međusobne prijateljske inicijative i predlozi su od posebne važnosti”. Party CPFR has also said that now that the Russian-Turkish relations put to the test because of the overthrow of the Russian military plane by Turkish fighters two days ago, “mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of particular importance.”

Aja Sofiju je izgradio car Justinijan 537. godine. Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian 537 years. Služila je kao pravoslavna crkva do 1204. godine, kad je bila pretvorena u katoličku crkvu. It served as an Orthodox church until 1204, when it was converted into a Catholic church. Zatim je 1261. ponovo postala pravoslavna crkva. Then in 1261 again became the Orthodox Church.

Aja Sofija je nakon otomanske okupacije grada 1453. godine bila pretvorena u džamiju, a 1935. godine pretvorena je u muzej. Hagia Sofia after the Ottoman occupation of the city in 1453 was converted into a mosque, and in 1935 it was converted into a museum.

Upisana je u listu kulturne baštine Uneska 1985. godine. Is registered in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1985.

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