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Hagia Sophia first prayers

#Muslims will hold Friday prayers at the #HagiaSophia in #Istanbul for the first time in 86 years. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built as a church in the sixth century and served as a mosque for almost half a millennium. This month, Turkey’s highest court ruled that the 1934 decision to turn it into a museum was illegal. Shamim Chowdhury looks back at one of the most historic monuments in the world.

Mosque holds Friday prayers for the first time in 86 years

Mosque holds Friday prayers for the first time in 86 years

Turkey's Hagia Sophia ready to open for worship on July 24

Turkey's Hagia Sophia ready to open for worship on July 24

President Erdogan recites Quran at reopening of Hagia Sophia as mosque

President Erdogan recites Quran at reopening of Hagia Sophia as mosque

Historical Moments: The first khutbah (sermon) of Hagia Sophia Mosque after 86 years

Historical Moments: The first khutbah (sermon) of Hagia Sophia Mosque after 86 years

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