The Turkish government and the Ecumenical Patriarchate have been battling over the fate of Hagia Sophia for years. Turkey has insisted that it has the right to convert the site into a mosque, a claim that Patriarch Bartholomew has strongly disputed.
The dispute has stirred up strong emotions in the Orthodox world and has led to a deterioration in relations between the Patriarchate and the Turkish government.
The Turkish government wants to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, but Patriarch Bartholomew has strongly objected, saying that the building is an “ecumenical church” that belongs to the whole Orthodox world.
The Patriarchate has also accused the Turkish government of trying to “Islamize” the Hagia Sophia and has called on the international community to intervene.
The Turkish government has rejected the Patriarchate’s claims and has accused it of trying to stir up religious tensions.
The dispute has led to a deterioration in relations between the Patriarchate and the Turkish government, and has also stirred up strong emotions in the Orthodox world.