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Hagia Sophia Mosque

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    7th Jul, 2020
  • Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque.
  • It is now a museum located in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • In 1453, when Constantinople (capital city of the Roman Empire) fell to Sultan Mehmet II’s Ottoman forces, the Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque.
  • In 1934, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, converted the mosque into a museum in an attempt to make the country more secular.
  • The 1,500-year-old structure has been listed as a UNESCO'S World Heritage site as of special cultural or physical significance.
  • Recently, the government of Turkey has decided to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque.

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