Turkey: Hagia Sophia reopens as mosque after 86 years

InternationalTurkey: Hagia Sophia reopens as mosque after 86 years


Turkey: Hagia Sophia reopens as mosque after 86 years

Istanbul: Muslim prayers will echo on Friday from the iconic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for the first time in 86 years after its reconversion into a mosque earlier this month.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 10 controversially declared the nearly 1,500-year-old monument open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman was illegal.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built as a cathedral during the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian I in 537 but converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

It was designated a museum in a key reform of the post-Ottoman authorities under the modern republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Erdogan, who is scheduled to join hundreds of worshippers on Friday, said last year it had been a “very big mistake” to convert the Hagia Sophia into a museum.

Share post:



More like this

After Jain’s pics emerge, UP govt plans to step up security in jails

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to intensify...

4 Wonderful Tips to make your Winter Wedding Special

With the winter wedding season almost here, there is always a...

Malavika Mohanan Ups Glam Quotient In Sultry Pictures, See Here!

Entertainment Desk - Malavika Mohanan is creating new waves...