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Friday Prayers in Hagia Sophia mosque done for the first time after 86 years
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Friday Prayers in Hagia Sophia mosque done for the first time after 86 years 

Hagia Sophia the former Istanbul museum turned into a mosque. Today ( Friday) Several thousand Muslims gathered to take part in the first prayer after 86 years at Hagia Sophia mosque since the Istanbul historic structure was reconverted to a mosque. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also takes part in the opening ceremony of Friday prayers. However, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared earlier that, nearly 1,500-year-old memorial open to the Muslim worship place. After a top court ruled the building’s transformation to a museum by modern Turkey’s politician in the mid-1930s was illegal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the world’s most popular historical site would be ready for Friday prayers from 24 July. And he was seen joining worshippers. Nearly 1,000 people were allowed in through security checkpoints. Others laid outside with prayer mats. A limited number of worshippers were allowed into the building to assure social distancing measures. Recitation of the Holy Quran was read out over loudspeakers.

Many joined the prayer from public spaces nearby and from the rooftops of nearby buildings. Erdogan revealed that it had been a “very big mistake” to convert it into a museum. Hagia Sophia is Turkey’s most popular tourists desire visiting site, with 3.7 million visitors in 2019.  

The lounge square outside Hagia Sophia, officials set up separate places for men and women to worship Friday prayers. Health facilities arranged there with more than 700 health personnel, 102 ambulances, and a helicopter ambulance were available. 

Four important essential for worshippers:

The Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya urged people to bring four items with them :

  • Prayer mat
  • The faces mask.
  • Patience and understanding.
  • Sanitizers.

However, after 86 years This is a very historical moment for the whole county especially the conservatives pro-Islamist electorate who have waited long to pray inside Hagia Sophia.
On Friday prayers President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited a verse from the Muslim holy book, the Quran before the call to prayer heard from the 4 domes of Hagia Sophia.

Prayers in Hagia Sophia. Guests are not allowed to bring handbags with them it will be easier at the search points. moreover, tourists around the globe free to visit the mosque. The mosque is open for domestic and foreign tourists. Free of charge as well.

Hagia Sophia was used as a church for several decades under the rule of the Byzantine Empire. And turned into a mosque following its conquest of Istanbul in 1453. In 1935, Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum.

Hagia Sophia open for all :

Hagia Sophia built almost 1,500 years ago. It was converted into a mosque in 1453. After 86 years, Hagia Sophia will serve as a mosque again. The mosque would remain open to all Muslims, non-Muslims, and foreign visitors.

What’s the new name of Hagia Sophia?

Hagia Sophia will not call the museum anymore. It will be taken out of museum status. It will now be called Hagia Sophia’s grand mosque.

Short History of Hagia Sophia :

The iconic Hagia Sophia situated in Istanbul’s Fatih district, on the west bank of the Bosporus, overlooking the Golden Horn harbor.
Hagia Sophia the historic place built almost 1,500 years ago, revered by Christians and Muslims alike.iconic museum. It turned into Hagia Sophia mosque when Byzantine emperor Justinian built the huge church in the year 537. After centuries, it was turned into a museum in 1934 in account to make turkey nonreligious. Since then it becomes one of its most popular tourist sites, with more than 3.7 million visitors in 2019.

What’s the current status of Hagia Sophia?

Hagia Sophia’s current status is ‘ Hagia Sophia grand mosque’. Friday prayers have been done with thousands of worshipers after 86 years.

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