Thousands of Muslims Gather at Museum-Turned-Mosque Hagia Sophia For Friday Prayers

World | Reuters | July 25, 2020, 1:02 pm
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 Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds on Friday for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at an ancient site long revered in both Christianity and Islam.<br /><br />People pray as they visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds on Friday for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at an ancient site long revered in both Christianity and Islam.

People pray as they visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Women take a selfie as they attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)
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Women take a selfie as they attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims attend Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Muslims attend Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 People take a selfie as they visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)
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People take a selfie as they visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)

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 A man gestures as people wait for the beginning of Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)
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A man gestures as people wait for the beginning of Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)

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 People gesture as they wait for the beginning of Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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People gesture as they wait for the beginning of Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslim women visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Muslim women visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 A woman holds a flag as she attends afternoon prayers and visits Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)
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A woman holds a flag as she attends afternoon prayers and visits Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)

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 People hold Turkish and Palestinian flags as they wait for the beginning of Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul,. (Image: Reuters)
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People hold Turkish and Palestinian flags as they wait for the beginning of Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul,. (Image: Reuters)

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 People pray as they visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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People pray as they visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Children attend afternoon prayers at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)
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Children attend afternoon prayers at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims attend Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Muslims attend Friday prayers outside Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Curtains covering Christian frescoes are pictured at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Curtains covering Christian frescoes are pictured at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Curtains covering Christian frescoes are pictured at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Curtains covering Christian frescoes are pictured at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

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 Women take a selfie as they attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Women take a selfie as they attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)

  • First Published: July 25, 2020, 10:38 am

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