Emotional Friday prayers at Turkey’s Hagia Sophia

Published on 24 Jul 2020 10:05:32 PM

Muslims gathered for first Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia in Turkey’s Istanbul on July 24, after the premises’ conversion back to a mosque.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also joined the worshippers in the session.

A top Turkish court announced this month that it annulled Hagia Sophia's status as a museum and Erdogan then turned it back into a mosque.

It was a Christian Byzantine cathedral for 900 years before being seized by Ottoman conquerors and serving as a mosque until 1934.

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