Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his congratulations on the second anniversary of the reopening of the Hagia Sophia Mosque for worship, adding: We thank God that we have been able to restore it to its origin.
This came in a message he published on his Twitter account on the occasion of the second anniversary of the reopening of Hagia Sophia for worship.
Erdogan described the “Hagia Sophia” as a symbol of the conquest of Istanbul and the trust and will of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.
He continued, “I congratulate once again on the revival of Hagia Sophia.”
In a related context, the Hagia Sophia Mosque witnessed a great turnout by local and foreign visitors on Sunday, coinciding with the second anniversary of its reopening for worship.
The entrance gate to the “Hagia Sophia” witnessed long queues of visitors wishing to visit the historical landmark.
Speaking to reporters, Turkan Cakir said that she came from Ankara to visit Hagia Sophia.
He added that she was surprised by the size of the crowding and the demand for “Hagia Sophia” on this day.
In turn, Dondo Ghezgin said that she came from Izmir to visit Hagia Sophia, indicating that the scene of the turnout reminded her of the pilgrimage season.
As for Amina Ozcan, she expressed her feeling of reassurance about being inside the Hagia Sophia.
On July 24, 2020, Friday prayers were held in the Great Hagia Sophia Mosque for the first time, 86 years after it was converted into a museum.
In the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vice President Fuat Oktay, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Shantob, ministers and other officials and party leaders.
Hagia Sophia is located in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, and was used as a 481-year-old mosque.
It was converted into a museum in 1934, and is considered one of the most important architectural landmarks in the history of the Middle East.