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The frescoes in Hagia Sophia closed curtains at the time of Muslim prayers

The Christian mosaics and frescoes in the Cathedral of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul will be closed with curtains during the time of Muslim prayers, said the press Secretary of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip 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. As previously stated in the office of religious Affairs of Turkey, the Christian mosaics and frescoes during the prayers it is necessary to close or darken.

"The lighting system will not. Now we are working on in order to close the frescoes and the mosaic system of curtains, she is almost ready. The main thing here is to pictures, and generally the building was not harmed," said the Kalin the TV channel NTV.

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.