Turkey: Erdogan visits Hagia Sophia following reconversion into mosque *STILLS*

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on Sunday following a decision to reconvert the monument into a mosque. Erdogan and a team of government officials visited the premises while following safety measures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pictures were taken both inside and outside the building. Last week, in a landmark decision, Turkey's top court ruled in favour of converting the sixth-century building, which was originally a patriarchal cathedral during the Byzantine Empire, from a museum into a mosque. The place of worship had been open to all visitors since its inauguration as a museum in 1935.


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