Stanford professor sees Hagia Sophia as a “time tunnel” linking Ottomans to the Roman Empire
Stanford history professor says conquest narratives don’t fully explain Hagia Sophia’s lasting legacy.
Built as a cathedral, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, has also been a mosque and a museum and is now again a working mosque. Getty Images
With the conversion last month of the architecturally stunning Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a working mosque, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan fulfilled a long-held hope of many Turkish Muslims and of his own political party.