Images circulating online appear to show cracked and damaged floors caused by heavy cleaning machinery used at the historic structure.
I recently visited the Hagia Sophia for the first time after its conversion and felt overwhelming sadness.
As the Turkish government announced that the Hagia Sophia will be converted back into a mosque, one of the primary responses worldwide has been to assert that the edifice constitutes “universal” heritage, that it belongs to all of us.
Art historians and conservationists worry Turkish authorities might remove the centuries-old Byzantine mosaics that adorn it.
Excavations conducted around the largest Christian cathedral built in the ancient Mediterranean have yielded new archaeological discoveries.