Turkey: On the anniversary of conquest of Constantinople, Muslims pray before Hagia Sophia demanding it be converted to a mosque

Turkish soldiers wearing Ottoman-era uniforms perform in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, May 30, 2015 during a rally to commemorate the 562nd anniversary of city’s conquest by the Ottoman Turks.

Men and women from across the country gathered before the Hagia Sophia museum early May 31, as part of an event organized by the Anatolian Youth Association (AGD) with the motto “Break the chains, Open Hagia Sophia,” and prayed the morning prayer with a call for the reconversion of the museum into a mosque.

Designed as a Christian basilica in the sixth century by Anthemios of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, Hagia Sophia is now a UNESCO World Heritage site…

unnamed-2A group of devout Muslims from across Turkey prayed before the city’s historic Hagia Sophia on the 562nd anniversary of the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, demanding that the site be turned back into a mosque.

And dont’s miss this: Surrounded by Ottoman soldiers, Erdoğan toughens rhetoric against New York Times: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the New York Times for the third time in a week.

“This newspaper had once called Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid an ‘absolute monarch.’ And today it directs to the Republic of Turkey and me the hate that it once directed to the Ottoman state,” Erdoğan said at the May 30 event in Istanbul marking the 562nd anniversary of the Turks’ conquest of Istanbul.

Erdoğan was referring to the U.S. daily’s reports on Turkey’s Young Turk Revolution in 1908, which restored the Ottoman constitution of 1876, ending Sultan Abdulhamid’s rule with an iron fist. “Abdul Hamid’s reign as an absolute monarch is over. The forces of the Constitutionalists are in full possession of the capital after fierce fighting following an attack which began about 5 o’clock this morning, and in which the attacking troops used artillery,” an NYT report had said on April 25, 1909 [?!?].

As the June 7 general elections approach, Erdoğan has toughened his rhetoric against critical voices in the Turkish media, as well international outlets. Most recently, he slammed the New York Times during rallies on May 25 and May 26, over its May 22 editorial that criticized his “long history of intimidating and co-opting the Turkish media”…

unnamed-10The 478-man “Conquest Unit” formed by the Turkish Armed Forces on Erdoğan’s order to participate in the event marking the 562nd anniversary of the Turks’ conquest of Istanbul included Janissary soldiers.

  • Martin B

    Dig those crazy hats. They all look like they should be asking “would you like fries with that sir?”.

    • Seneca III

      Target rich environment. Just let them be, we need all of the advantage we can get 🙂

  • Rosenmops

    F*ck Erdopig, Islam, and the camel they road in on.

  • ontario john

    Oh look, his Presidential Guard is Fred Flintstone’s Loyal Order Of Water Buffalo. I guess that makes him the Grand Pooba.

    • MRHapla

      pretty much, yep.

  • Waffle

    A little marching music:


  • Surele Surele

    no time to read the post. will do later… but what with the hats?

    • Frau Katze

      They’re playing dress-up. Those are Ottoman-era costumes.

      • Surele Surele

        They looked silly than and even worse now.

      • Minicapt

        … they claim these are ‘Ottoman-era’ costumes.


        • Frau Katze

          I don’t mean that they’re very old, just copies of what Ottomans used to wear.

          • Minicapt

            I think the costumes have been exaggerated, based on parodic sketches and paintings from the 15th – 17th centuries.


  • I keep getting the impression that the world is going nuts.

    • Frau Katze

      The silly hats are just the icing on the cake.

  • tom_billesley

    Abdul Hamid II was responsible for the 1894-1896 “Hamidian Massacres” of Armenians and Assyrians, a precursor to the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

    • Frau Katze

      But NYT criticized them in 1909. I wonder how much time they spent digging through old archives looking for that?

      • tom_billesley

        One headline in a September 1895 article by the New York Times ran “Armenian Holocaust,” …..
        It’s in Wikipedia so it may be true 🙂

        • Frau Katze

          OK, thanks for the info… I didn’t have time to look it up myself.

          • tom_billesley

            A blogger’s work is never done.

  • Xanthippa Socrates

    OK, let’s be fair here.

    If some countries are still demanding that Israel return the land it is built on to ‘the Palestinians’, shouldn’t the same people be demanding the return of Constantinopol to the Greek Christians?

    After all, the Constantinopol occupation started earlier, so it should be returned earlier – right?

    And don’t even get me started on Cyprus…

  • BillyHW

    Muslims don’t even want to try to get along with everybody else.

    • Barnslayer

      moslems don’t want to try and get along with ANYbody else.

      • MRHapla

        Muslims don’t/can’t get along with Muslims.