Hagia Sophia: Friday Prayer Held In Istanbul Monument For First Time In 86 Years

Thousands of Muslim made their way to Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia, Friday, July 24, to take part in the first prayers in 86 years at the structure that once was one of Christendom’s most significant cathedrals, then a mosque and museum before its re-conversion into a mosque.

The Friday prayers took place two weeks after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan controversially declared the nearly 1,500-year-old monument open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman in the mid-1930s was illegal.

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