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July 3, 2020

Whose Haghia Sophia?

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The Byzantines commissioned it as a Greek Orthodox cathedral. The Ottomans conquered it and turned it into an ornate mosque. Then, secular revolutionaries converted it into a monument to two faiths. Its ownership and usage have become a perennial political debate. Produced by: Durrie Bouscaren. Image credit: Kayhan Ozer/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters.

Aired July 1, 2020

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