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Hagia Sophia becomes a mosque

10 Jul 2020
Hagia Sophia mosque
Fotoğraf: ID 107314739 © Vitaly Fedotov |

The Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul has been turned into a mosque. After a court annulled its museum status.

Originally constructed as an Orthodox Christian cathedral in 537, it became a mosque under Ottoman rule. And it was turned into a museum in 1934. It eventually became a UNESCO world heritage site.

Muslim prayers will occure there on the 24th July.

“Like all our mosques, the doors of Hagia Sophia will be wide open to locals and foreigners. Moreover, Muslims and non-Muslims,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.