Famed Studios Monastery will be turned into a mosque
ISTANBUL. N. Manginas, a correspondent of the Greek church news agency "Amen" in Istanbul, reported that the Studios monastery famous in the history of Orthodoxy will be transferred from Turkey's Ministry of Culture to the General Directorate of Endowments and will be transformed from a branch of the "Hagia Sophia"Museum into an active Mosque.
The Studios Monastery, dedicated to John the Baptist, was founded in Constantinople in the middle of the V century by [Senator] Patrick Studios. The monastery played a prominent role in the history of Byzantine culture and spirituality. Во 2-й половине VII – 1-й половине VIII в. In the 2nd half of the VII century - 1st half of the VIII century, the monastery became a strongold
of the iconodoules and a center of the struggle against the iconoclast heretics.
The Studios monastery was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans in 1486. The monastery was severely damaged by fire in 1782, was renovated in 1820, but again was severely damaged during the earthquake of 1894. In 1908, the roof of the cathedral collapsed. To date, the building was not renovated and remained in a ruinous condition.
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