Hagia Sophia mosque opens to worship tomorrow after 86 years of longing. The first Friday prayer will be performed on Thursday (July 24th) in Hagia Sophia, which was converted from a museum to a mosque by the Presidential decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The decision of the Council of Ministers of the Hagia Sophia mosque dated 24 November 1934 was unanimously canceled by the 10th Department of the Council of State. Hagia Sophia, which was decided to be opened for worship by the Presidential decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has had a great impact in the world press. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his statement that the first prayer in the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be held on July 24, 2020.
Where is Ayasofya Mosque and How to Go?
Hagia Sophia mosque is located in Fatih district of Istanbul. It is located in Sultanahmet. You can use tram, ferry or bus to go to Sultanahmet or Hagia Sophia.
Tram: You can reach the Bağcılar Kabataş Tram line connected to the Hagia Sophia Museum by using the Gülhane and Sultanahmet stops.
Ferry: If you are coming from the Anatolian side, you can reach the tram line by using the Kadıköy-Eminönü and Üsküdar-Eminönü ferries.
Bus: From Eminönü to Municipality and Public Buses from all over Istanbul; From here you can reach the Hagia Sophia Museum by tram.
IETT will make a free ring flight
- IETT will make ring buses with 25 buses on Kazlıçeşme - Yenikapı - Sultanahmet route. Transportation will be provided free of charge.
- There will be no tram services on the fork of Eminönü - Sultanahmet - Beyazıt.
- Joint work on the Golden Horn Bridge will be stopped.
- The number of Eminönü Fire Station staff will be increased; 1 vehicles will be positioned in Yenikapı - Kazlıçeşme Squares and 2 vehicles in Sultanahmet Square.
- In Kazlıçeşme - Yenikapı - Sultanahmet Square - Beyazıt Square - Eminönü line, 25 vehicles will be provided with 100 personnel, and the citizens will be guided safely.
- Kandil Restaurant and BELTUR Mobo Buffet located in Gülhane will be closed on Friday, July 24, between 07:00 and 17:00.
- İSPARK parking lots in Yenikapı, Kazlıçeşme and Gülhane will provide free services; the number of personnel in the area will be increased in order not to interrupt the service.
History of Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia, the largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire to Istanbul, was built three times in the same place.
The religious building built in the city of Byzantium, where the Hagia Sophia is located, was destroyed by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus.
In the city ruled by the Roman Empire, the son of Constantine I. II. The building, built by Constantine in the same place in 360, was called Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom). 1. Hagia Sophia was largely destroyed 44 years after its rebellion when a silver-plated statue of Evdokia, wife of Eastern Roman Emperor Arkadios, was erected in front of Hagia Sophia.
Emperor II, who took over after Arkadios. Hagia Sophia, which was rebuilt by architect Ruffinos by Theodosios, was opened to worship in 415. 2. Hagia Sophia continued to exist as the largest church in the city until 532.
2. Hagia Sophia was burned and destroyed in 117, 532 years after its opening, during the "Nika Rebellion" during the reign of Justinian I.
Transforming Hagia Sophia into a Museum
The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and changed the date of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey instead of Hagia Sophia.
In the Hagia Sophia, which was closed to the public between 1930-1935 due to restoration works, a series of works were carried out with the order of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. During these studies, various restorations, turning the dome with an iron belt, and removing and cleaning the mosaics were performed.
With the decision of the Council of Ministers dated 24 November 1934 and numbered 7/1589, Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum.
Hagia Sophia entered the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1985. Opening the conquest of Constantinople until 915 years of the church, 1453 In 1934, the decision of which is used as a mosque until the museum until, 86 years in serving the Hagia Sophia as a museum, Turkey locals and most visited buildings during the first place by foreign tourists taking. After becoming a museum in Hagia Sophia, restorations were made in various periods.