Turkey Turns Historic Church of Nicea Into a Mosque


The Restoration of Hagia Sophia, Iznik (Ancient Nicaea)

The Hagia Sofia of Nicaea, the meeting place of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in the year 787, was recently declared a mosque by the Turkish government.
Catholic Culture reported, via ROP:

The historic church where the Council of Nicea was held, which has been a museum for nearly a century, has been converted to a mosque.

The Aghia Sophia in Nicea (not to be confused with the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople) was taken over by Muslims in the 14th century. But in 1920 the new secular government of Turkey made the building a museum. Now the government’s Directorate for Religious Affairs has returned the building to use as a mosque.

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