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A new ‘mini’ Hagia Sophia Church will be Constructed in the Syrian Province of Hamma with support and help from the Russian Federation. The idea has been pitched by Mr Nabeul Al-Abdullah, who is the head of a pro-regime loyalist militia in Hamma who will equally contribute a piece of land for the construction.


Syria to Construct ‘New Hagia Sophia’ Church with Support from Russia
http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/syria-to-construct-new-hagia-sophia-church-with-support-from-russia/
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Russia more and more has been involving into Syria.. And Lebanon. And it's via Church. Quite sad for me.

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Will it have pictures of Russian leaders like that military church?

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I've seen several times people saying they were going to build a mini-version of the Hagia Sophia. I guess we'll see if this one actually gets built. But anyway, if a replica was built to full scale--not even using the most expensive materials, just the proper dimensions and such--how much would that cost? Anyone know of someone who has crunched the numbers?

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I've seen several times people saying they were going to build a mini-version of the Hagia Sophia. I guess we'll see if this one actually gets built. But anyway, if a replica was built to full scale--not even using the most expensive materials, just the proper dimensions and such--how much would that cost? Anyone know of someone who has crunched the numbers?

Would the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral count?

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In 1900–1, Vasily Kosyakov travelled to Istanbul and Greece to refresh his understanding of genuine Byzantine art. In April 1901, he presented two preliminary drafts to the Commission of the Navy; the selected draft was approved by Nicholas II 21 May 1901. Kosyakov departed from his preferred proportions of a tall cathedral with a relatively small main dome; instead he opted for a wide (26 meters) but relatively low dome in line with the proportions of Hagia Sophia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronstadt_Naval_Cathedral

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I've seen several times people saying they were going to build a mini-version of the Hagia Sophia. I guess we'll see if this one actually gets built. But anyway, if a replica was built to full scale--not even using the most expensive materials, just the proper dimensions and such--how much would that cost? Anyone know of someone who has crunched the numbers?

In Poland we have two  :laugh: But actually it's only the name and a kind of pattern.

In Białystok:










In Warsaw (it's in construction):





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What is the purpose of building such an edifice?

Is Syria lacking Orthodox churches?  Do they have the faithful to fill it?  Are there plans in place to actively evangelize to the Muslim population in Syria?  Will this expense also take steps to care for the needs of the Syrian Orthodox faithful who are currently suffering under Islamic rule?

No matter how large, or expensive this new building might be... it will never be "the" Hagia Sophia, nor hold the same significance.

Hagia Sophia was built at the heart of Orthodoxy in that time.  From her walls Orthodoxy spread throughout the world.

Is Syria currently the center of Orthodoxy?

What am I missing here?
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Why not have a meeting place? . . .
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I'm very inclined to think that this story is fake. It's only been reported in Arabic in pro-opposition websites and the source that most articles in English go back to, an article in al-modon, has a demonstrably fabricated quote from a member of Russian parliament. The ultimate source of all this seems to be a facebook post by the leader of the local militia in Suqaylabiya, who says he mentioned the idea to a visiting Russian military delegation, but it's clear from that post that he's just pitching an idea.



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A new ‘mini’ Hagia Sophia Church will be Constructed in the Syrian Province of Hamma with support and help from the Russian Federation. The idea has been pitched by Mr Nabeul Al-Abdullah, who is the head of a pro-regime loyalist militia in Hamma who will equally contribute a piece of land for the construction.


Syria to Construct ‘New Hagia Sophia’ Church with Support from Russia
http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/syria-to-construct-new-hagia-sophia-church-with-support-from-russia/

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Russia more and more has been involving into Syria.. And Lebanon. And it's via Church. Quite sad for me.

What they've been doing? I try to not follow the news so I've probably missed something.

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Russia more and more has been involving into Syria.. And Lebanon. And it's via Church. Quite sad for me.

What they've been doing? I try to not follow the news so I've probably missed something.

Some visitis of hierarchs, a few metochions, construction of Russian churhc in area of Zahle, last years 3 studens that were sent to Balamand (well that's something positive), at some point some suggestions to change calendar to the old one and probably other minor things.

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What is the purpose of building such an edifice?

Is Turkey lacking Orthodox churches?  Does the Phanar have the faithful to fill it?  Are there plans in place to actively evangelize to the Muslim population in Turkey?  Will this expense also take steps to care for the needs of the Turkish Orthodox faithful who are currently suffering under Islamic rule?

No matter how large, or expensive this new building might be... it will never be "the" Hagia Sophia, nor hold the same significance. What significance other than being a mosque for 500 years?

Hagia Sophia was built at the heart of Orthodoxy in that time. it is no longer that time  From her walls Orthodoxy spread throughout the world. Silly me here I thought Jesus' birth, ministry, passion, death, resurrection, and pentecost all happened in Jerusalem/Palestine

Is Syria currently the center of Orthodoxy? There is no center of Orthodoxy. Though if there was it is far more likely to be Antioch than the Phanar

What am I missing here?As usual quite alot.
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