Serhat TUNAR -TDO- It was claimed that a replica of Hagia Sophia, whose status was changed in Turkey and converted into a mosque, would be built in Syria and used as a church.
The Hagia Sophia-like church is planned to be built in the Sukaylebiye District of the city of Hama, where mostly Orthodox individuals live, Lebanese local media reported.
The idea of building a copy of Hagia Sophia first received approval from the Greek Orthodox bishop of Hama, Nicolas Baalbaki. The idea was then presented to Russian military officials stationed in Syria. However, it was also reported that work had begun on the area land on which the church would be built.