Dozens celebrating the conversion of Istanbul’s iconic landmark Hagia Sofia back into a mosque through a much-awaited court decision a dream Turkish Muslims are chasing for 85 years.
I’m very happy I wish Hagia Sofia remains as a mosque until the Judgment Day.
Ayat Sofia as a mosque may be a legacy of faith sultan Muhammad we got it back.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a presidential decree shortly after the country’s highest court revoked a 1934 cabinet decision that turned the edifice into a museum.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Said:
(President of Turkey)
Like all our other mosques the dose of Hagia Sophia are going to be hospitable all locals foreigners Muslims and non-muslims being the common heritage of humankind Hagia Sophia will still embrace everyone during a most sincere unique way with its new status.
Hagia Sofia is turkey’s hottest tourist site attracting nearly 4 million visitors a year it is a Unesco world heritage site and a part of the historic areas of Istanbul the un wants to form sure no changes are made to the structure.
We deeply regret this decision made by the Turkish authorities made without prior discussion and prior consultation prior dialogue and we involved the universal value of this splendid world heritage to be preserved the implications indeed need to be discussed now and this is often why we turn the Turkish authorities to re-establish the dialogue without delay.
Immediately after turkey’s top administrative port ruled that aya Sofia is going to be a mosque again Turkish people that are expecting a decision for years are here to celebrate and that they are impatient to have their first prayer inside.
Hagia Sofia was built as a Christian orthodox cathedral 1500 years ago and was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453. turkey’s decision has caused outrage in Greece and Russia home to many orthodox followers ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew had earlier warned the decision would disappoint millions of Christians around the world but president Erdogan says deciding the purpose of Hagia Sofia is turkey’s sovereign right.