Erdogan has offered to turn the Hagia Sophia from Museum to mosque
The idea has the support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
March 25, 2019 at 15:13
Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul) is a world famous monument of Byzantine architecture. In 1453, after the capture of the city by the Ottomans the Orthodox Church was converted into a mosque, and in 1935 it acquired the status of a Museum, and a half – century later included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.
In 2007 there was a movement for the return of the original status of Hagia Sophia (eng. Free Agia Sophia Council). Its head, Chris Spier says: “We strive to Hagia Sophia the wisdom of God has once again taken its rightful place as a temple, sacred to all Christianity, as the mother of all churches, as the Royal temple of the Orthodox… Hagia Sophia has never been a mosque and was never a Museum. She was always a Christian Church, converted to the mosque of Sultan the conqueror, and then to the Museum.”
At the same time began a campaign to transform the Museum into a mosque, but the Supreme court rejected the request. However, soon a longstanding dispute can be put to end. Recently, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking on live television and radio TGRT, gave the answer to the question “is it possible to make access to the Muslim Holy place free?”. Erdogan said that it can be done: it is enough to change the status of the object.
“The status of Hagia Sophia can be changed from a Museum to a mosque. And people of all faiths can visit for free,” Tayyip Erdogan.
The President recalled that other historical mosques in Istanbul such as Blue, are open to all visitors free of charge despite the status of the current mosque.
The cost of visiting the Museum “Cathedral of Hagia Sophia,” is 60 Lira (about $10.5). Find out which museums you can visit without a ticket.
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