Erdogan, visited the Hagia Sophia
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited the Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul, where he got acquainted with the preparatory work for the first divine service after its conversion into a mosque, and shared on Twitter photos.
The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. They will begin on July 24.
Erdogan was accompanied by photos of just one word, "Hagia Sophia...". Judging by the pictures, the interior of the Cathedral has not undergone any changes.
The Turkish leader was accompanied by Minister of culture and tourism of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and the Governor of Istanbul Ali Erika, Minister of the interior Suleyman Soylu and head of the office for religious Affairs Ali Erbas, reports Anadolu news Agency. Ersoy and Erika informed Erdogan about the progress of preparations for the first prayer.
The Hagia Sophia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO