First prayer at Turkey's Hagya Sofiya mosque after 86 years

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Published: July 25,2020 08:33 AM
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July 25, 2020: A fortnight after the historic Hagya Sofiya museum was declared a mosque by a Turkish court, devotees offered prayers at the mosque for the first time in 86 years on Friday.

July 25, 2020: A fortnight after the historic Hagya Sofiya museum was declared a mosque by a Turkish court, devotees offered prayers at the mosque for the first time in 86 years on Friday.



A Turkish Court had declared the conversion of the mosque into a museum as not legal. The last time a prayer was held at the mosque was in 1934.



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the restoration ceremony and prayer as well as politicians from the Justice and Development party and other Turkish political groups.



Dignitaries from other countries were also present for the opening ceremony.





The number of devotees was kept limited considering the social distancing measures were in place. Those who couldn’t come joined the prayer from their rooftops.