Hagia Sophia: Former Istanbul museum welcomes Muslim worshippers – BBC News

Crowds gathered in Istanbul as the historic Hagia Sophia site opened for Friday prayers for the first time since Turkish authorities ruled it could be converted into a mosque.

“Muslims are excited, everyone wants to be at the opening,” Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said on Thursday.

The 1,500-year-old Unesco World Heritage site became a museum in 1934.

But a Turkish court annulled its status, saying any use other than as a mosque was “not possible legally”.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then announced that the world-famous site would be ready for Friday prayers from 24 July, and he was seen joining worshippers at around midday (09:00 GMT).

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  1. Suddenly these Crusade nations feel very Christian otherwise they will support doing anything that goes against the bible like showing naked woman bodies on tv😂😂

  2. M. Atatürk separated church an state. As a symbol of separation he turned the Hagia Sophia into a museum(1935). Now Erdogan suspends this agreement and therefore the separation between church and state. I think Turkey´s non-alignment ist not ensured, what a disgrace.

  3. Everyone is allowed to bark in these comment section but remember no body can stop Islam from spreading across the globe even JESUS Christ pbuh said there is and another messenger of God after me and he will be the last one…..Jesus will come back to this world but not as a prophet or son of god but as a follower of last prophet pbuh

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