Hagia Sophia museum; a mosque again after 80 years

Helen Dunmore Jul 11, 2020
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia mosque

With each changing day, some new archaic has seen in this world. This time it is about Hagia Sophia, a world-known museum, cherished by Muslims and Christians.

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It is one of the most visited places in Istanbul for travelers and locals. In the latest Turkish court orders, Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum was revoked. After that Erdogan announced that it will again turn into a mosque.  This decision created un-rest on the international level, as Hagia Sophia was a symbol of secularism and the base of the modern Turkish state.

History of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia built between 532 and 537 as an orthodox Christian Cathedral, designed by Greek geometers. In1453, after Constantinopledropped downed and Ottoman Empire, came into being.

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The famous church converted into a mosque. In 1935 it was changed into the museum. This type of decision gives the impression of secularization. But the latest order created an international roar on this matter.

Tourist attraction

Hagia Sophia was a source of tourist attraction for Istanbul. Christian always cherished it as Byzantine Christian Architecture. Muslims always found some marks of the Ottoman Empire in this museum. Record tells that 3.3 million tourists visited this place annually. Turkish Ministry and Turkish Culture recorded that in 2015 and 2019, Hagia Sophia, as the most visited tourist place.

Hagia Sophia mosque

Is it an anticipated move by Erdogan?

The latest court orders following Erdogan’s decision began a new discussion. Some opponents of the Turkish President conclude it as a ‘political move”. They consider it after 18 years of political career. Erdogan wants to give a new life to his diminishing career.

Erdogan defends the decision

Mr. Erdogan tweets the copy of the court decree along with his one-word message. In that, he congratulates the nation. Turkish President thinks that was the right of Muslims to convert its status as a Mosque. The mosque will open its gate from 24 July. Erdogan stated the gate of the mosque will open for Muslims and for non-Muslims, locals, and foreigners like all mosques in the world.

Locals reaction Vs International reaction

 Soon after these orders local crowd warmly welcomed this decision. They gathered chanting “Allah-o-Akbar” which means God is great. UNSECO wants immediate open dialogue on this matter. They disagree with this new decision. Conservationists and historians have their resentment about what will happen with the art mosaic inside and portraits of Christian Emperors.  Greece, the neighbor country of Turkey disliked this decision. They consider it as a cultural isolation and unethical.

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