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Hagia Sophia to be called a Mosque – Turkey’s PM Erdogan

The Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview on a television programme that ‘Hagia Sophia’ which is also known as Ayasofia will be called a mosque.

The Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it was famous in particular for its massive dome. It is located at Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey.

This news has gone viral and has received much praise by the Muslim community all around the world, as the most historic and mesmerizing sight of the museum is going to be opened for general public to offer their prayers from now on.

Hagia Sophia, dubbed “8th Wonder of the World” by historians, is one of the most visited museums in the world in terms of art and architecture history.

The Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also quoted:

“Those who remain silent when Masjid Al-Aqsa is attacked, trampled, its windows smashed, cannot tell us what to do about the status of Ayasofya,”


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