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Muslims In Turkey Demand Right To Pray At Hagia Sophia

On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sophia
On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum

On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum, to demand the right to pray there, Turkish media reported. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship.

“Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia,” chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of the museum, according to Turkey’s Dogan news agency.

“In the name of thousands of our brothers we demand to be allowed to pray inside the Hagia Sophia mosque,” said Salih Turhan, the president of the Anatolia Youth Association which organised the demonstration coinciding with celebrations for the anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

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