As with the Hagia Sophia, the decision is seen as being geared to consolidate the conservative and religious support base of Erdogan's ruling party at a time when his popularity is under strain.
The former Byzantine cathedral, which was until this month a museum and Istanbul's top tourist attraction, will open for the first time in 86 years for Friday prayers.
The series' creator, screenwriter Ece Yorenc, said the streaming giant cancelled the drama on the eve of filming after the government blocked the project.
The controversial decision to strip the Hagia Sophia of its status as a symbol of interfaith and intercultural co-operation is yet another hammer blow to EU-Turkish relations.
An exiled Turkish soldier tells us what happened to him 4 years ago, during an attempted military coup in Turkey.
The head of the World Council of Churches has appealed to the Turkish president to reversed the decision to turn the former Orthodox Christian cathedral from a museum into a mosque.
The move sparked celebrations outside Hagia Sophia but dismay among Orthodox Christians.
Regular religious services have not been held there since 1934 when modern Turkey's founding president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk signed an order converting the building into a museum. But a legal challenge claims the signature was forged.
Alleged insults were directed to his daughter and son-in-law when they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.
The news may be saturated by COVID-19 and new areas of society it is affecting, but other news is still out there.
The migrant crisis on Europe's doorstep is no closer to resolution. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with the EU's top officials to demand more support for his country 'without any further delay'. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the meeting had been 'constructive'.
Monday marks 100 days of Ursual von der Leyen's team in office, and while they set clear goals in terms of climate, digital and gender, events regarding migration, COVID-19 and foreign policy have overtaken the European Commission.
In 2016, Turkey was promised up to 6 billion euros in aid for the more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees it hosts, as well as fast-tracked EU membership. Now, the EU and Turkey will review the deal.
President Erdogan will visit Brussels on Monday for a one-day trip, his office said, amid a row between Turkey and the EU over migrants and refugees.
An international security expert believes Turkish President Erdogan may have overplayed his hand in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Turkey has called for more help with migrants after 'opening the door' and causing increased movement on the Greek border. Meanwhile, NGOs slam the EU for what they see as a lack of humanitarian response.
The warning came after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by airstrikes in northern Idlib province on Thursday. Turkey has blamed Russia.
Turkey says it will not back down in a stand-off with Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib.
The EU could pursue a track focused on mutual economic benefits, creating attractive trade incentive programs in exchange for Turkey continuing its difficult task. Direct aid is helpful, but perhaps the most sustainable and realistic approach is for Europe to set a new higher mutual trade volume.
The Kremlin hit back at Ankara, accusing it of disregarding its commitment under the agreement to stabilise the region.
Turkish football star Hakan Şükür is famously living in exile from Turkey, after getting on the wrong side of president Erdogan - and he's not the only sports star on the wanted list in Turkey.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed the ceasefire effort and announced talks would take place in Berlin.
The new pipeline will transport 31.5 billion cubic metres of gas from Russia to Turkey and on to Eastern Europe per year.
Greece and Turkey don't often see eye to eye on many things. The newest issue of tension: Turkey's military involvement in Libya.
Turkey takes in 15 victims of Somali blast for medical treatment. It has been supporting the country since 2011.
“We are witnessing a historic day, realizing a 60-year dream,” Erdogan said. “I know that our people is impatiently waiting for the day they can own this car.”