They ask that Hagia Sophia be transformed into a Mosque

They ask that Hagia Sophia be transformed into a Mosque

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Hundreds of Turks have come out to protest on May 24 calling for the historic Byzantine Greek Cathedral of Hagia Sophia to be converted into a mosque. The protest was led by many Turkish non-governmental organizations.

People gathered on the outskirts of Hagia Sophia carrying banners that read: «Hagia Sophia must be reopened like a mosque" Y "Let our lives be blessed by Islam«.

Designated as a Christian basilica in the 16th century By Atheme of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus, Hagia Sophia is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the center of the Orthodox Church until 1453, when the city fell to the Ottoman Empire under the leadership of Sultan Mehmed II, known as the conqueror of Istanbul.

After 916 years as a Church, Mehmed II ordered Hagia Sophia to be converted into the victory mosque, thus symbolizing the Muslim conquest. The mosaics in the church were covered, but could be restored in the 20th century.

Hagia Sophia was used as a mosque for 482 years. After the demise of the Ottoman Empire, it was turned into a museum by the republican authorities of Turkey in 1935.

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