Turkey’s Erdogan visits Hagia Sofia after arguable reconversion to mosque

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a wonder discuss with to Hagia Sofia on Sunday simply days ahead of the primary Muslim prayers are because of be held on the Istanbul landmark because it used to be reconverted to a mosque ultimate week.

In a lightning discuss with billed as an inspection, Erdogan took inventory of the conversion paintings, the president’s workplace stated, offering photos appearing scaffolding throughout the development.

Diyanet, the rustic’s non secular authority, stated Christian icons could be curtained off and unlit “via suitable approach all through prayer instances”.

It used to be unclear whether or not Erdogan deliberate to be amongst some 500 worshippers set to wait Friday prayers.

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Turkey’s best courtroom cleared the path for the conversion in a call to revoke the edifice’s museum standing conferred just about a century in the past.

The sixth-century development were open to all guests, without reference to their religion, since its inauguration as a museum in 1935.

Previous this week, Diyanet stated the development would proceed to be open to all guests outdoor the hours given over to prayer. 

The UNESCO International Heritage website used to be constructed as a cathedral all through the Byzantine empire however transformed right into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

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It used to be designated a museum in a key reform of the post-Ottoman government underneath the trendy republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Erdogan stated ultimate yr it were a “very giant mistake” to transform the Hagia Sophia right into a museum.

The reconversion sparked anger amongst Christians and tensions between historical foes and uneasy NATO allies Turkey and Greece.


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