Thousands offer first Friday prayer in Hagia Sophia in 86 years

Just because since 1934, Friday prayers have been held in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia post-conversion into a mosque. Worshippers showed up in massive numbers, including Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The historical Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has revived its doors as a mosque.

An estimated 350,000 individuals, including Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, went to the first Friday supplication in 86 years after the structure was returned to a mosque by the Council of State cancellation of its museum status.

Prior to the Friday prayers, Erdogan presented passages from the Quran inside the revived mosque.

After the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and the structure’s conversion into a mosque, minarets were raised, remembering the ones for the western finish of the structure designed by Ottoman modeler Mimar Sinan.

An American archeologist called Thomas Whittmore drove the preservation and restoration work of the Byzantine mosaics and different elements seen in the structure today.

Erdogan said on Friday that specialists from the Culture and Tourism Ministry would direct restoration efforts both inside the Hagia Sophia and in its surrounding zone.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site was a congregation for almost 1,000 years and afterward served as a mosque for 500 years and transformed into a museum in 1934.

Since its construction in 537 the structure has experienced several changes.

While this city was known as Constantinople, a series of earthquakes harmed various parts of the Hagia Sophia and its fundamental arch.

Byzantine emperors requested restoration works.

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