During Turkish rule, the church St. Sofia was transformed into a mosque. The act of transformation of the church into a mosque, was likely due to rebellion of Archbishop Dorotej (Dorotheus) against the Turkish authorities.
After the transformation of church Saint Sophia into a mosque, its exterior and interior appearance were changed and adapted to Muslim service. Then iconostasis completely lost his native look.
At the north side of the outer porch was built minaret, which was crumbled in 1912.
At the north side of the church, somewhere in the nineteenth century, the Turks have built an open porch using stone columns from other ruined buildings.
Later additions, repairs, test of time, and the consequences of earthquakes, took the church Saint Sofia in a very unenviable position.