There has been intense speculation for days about whether President Tayyip Erdo?an plans to announce the reopening of the Hagia Sophia to Islamic worship, ahead of Turkey?s critical parliamentary election on June 7.
The number of foreign people visiting Turkey decreased by 8.1 percent in April from the same months of the previous year, according to data from the Tourism Ministry.
"The number of foreign visitors decreased to 2.43 million in April, an 8.1 percent decrease from the same period of 2014, upon the temporary figures of the Turkish National Police," said the ministry on May 27.
Hundreds of people demanded that the historic Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum be converted into a mosque during a rally in Istanbul on May 24.
People gathered outside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, in the historical Sultanahmet district, with some carrying signs that read: "Hagia Sophia needs to be reopened as a mosque," and "Let our lives be sacrificed for Islam."
The fourth issue of MUSA, the quarterly cultural review produced by the press and communication office of the Greek embassy in WashingtonD.C., highlights Byzantine Thessaloniki in its current edition.
Considered the “second capital” of Byzantium after imperial Constantinople, Thessaloniki today retains numerous monuments of the 1,000-year Eastern Christian empire.
Atatürk Airport in Istanbul broke its air traffic record on May 14 when a total of 1,375 planes took off and landed.
Landings and take-offs from Istanbul's main airport increase as summer season opens.
Do?an News Agency reported on May 16 that the latest record came as the efforts to expand Atatürk Airport continued.
People have different reasons to be in Istanbul. Some were born here, some came to the big city to study, some are desperate to leave, some are sorry to leave. Why are we here, really? This is the answer of a young man: "I am from a village on outskirts of Istanbul. My family lives in a place very far from downtown, in a village 50 kilometers away from Çatalca.