Constantinople

Istanbul mayor says mosque construction near protected grove to continue

The relief of local activists after the mosque construction in Istanbul’s protected Validebağ grove was halted has proven short-lived, with Mayor Kadir Topbaş announcing that the court order for a stay of execution had been reversed following the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s appeal.

Turkey’s leading imam wades into Istanbul grove row

The head of Turkey’s top religious body has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove in Istanbul Mehmet Görmez, head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, saying "love for prayer and love for nature should not be compared."

Eyüp Mosque, the Ottomans’ ‘coronation’ mosque

Never shy about the spectacle, the Ottoman Empire’s leaders were all presented with the sword of Osman, an act to show the legitimacy of rule Eyüp is a small village on the south, southwestern side of the Golden Horn outside the walls of Constantinople or the “Old City,” as it is sometimes known.

BLOG: Before converting Hagia Sophia, look at the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba

The mosque-cathedral of Cordoba and the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul – both magnificent buildings – were victims of the geopolitical standoff of medieval times and the egos of the new conquerors who wanted to certify their victories and assert their religious superiority.

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