In Istanbul appointed three imams in the Hagia Sophia converted to mosque
The head of the Department of religious Affairs of Turkey Ali Erbas announced the appointment of three of the five imams and muezzins in the mosque converted into the Cathedral of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul, where Friday will be the first in 86 years of service.
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.
"The Hagia Sophia is assigned to three Imam – Mehmet Binocular, Ferruh of Muster, Benjamin Topcuoglu, and five of the muezzins," said Erbach reporters.
He added that Binocular is Professor at the faculty of theology at Istanbul's Marmara University, and Bosniak origin of Muster and Topcuoglu was recognized as the best reciters of the Quran at international competitions.
Hagia Sophia – Aya Sofia was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I Christian and opened 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.