Some 350,000 people have attended Friday prayer in Istanbul's iconic mosque after a Turkish court annulled a 1934 Council of State decree that had turned Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a mosque.
For the first time since 1934, Friday prayers have been held in Istanbul's Hagia Sophia post-conversion into a mosque. Worshippers showed up in massive numbers, including Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan's comments come after a top Turkish administrative court annulled the 1934 conversion of Hagia Sophia into a museum.
Shortly after the ruling, President Erdogan signed a decree opening Istanbul's Hagia Sophia for prayers and transferring the monument to the presidency of religious affairs.
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