PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN ANNOUNCED HISTORY OF HAGIA SOPHIA TO BE OPENED
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a speech to the Nation after the Council of State canceled the decision of the Council of Ministers in 1934 to be turned into a museum. President Erdoğan announced the date that Hagia Sophia will be opened for worship, and said, “We are planning to open Hagia Sophia for worship on Friday, July 24, 2020, with Friday prayer, by completing the preparations quickly.”
Here are the highlights of President Erdoğan’s statements:
The Council of State today canceled the 1934 cabinet arrangement. Based on this, we have brought Hagia Sophia back into service as a mosque with a presidential arrangement we issued. Hagia Sophia will start to serve as a mosque after 86 years.
There are some preparations that we will make within 6 months. We regard all kinds of attitudes and expressions beyond expressing opinions as a violation of our independence. Right now I have a giant foundation, see behind me. And this is Fatih’s foundation. Whatever is in it is noble for us. As Turkey, we expect the same understanding about the history and disown our legal rights. This is a full 567-year right. If a faith-oriented debate is to be held, it should be hostility to Islam and foreign hatred, not Hagia Sophia. I express my gratitude to all political parties and leaders who stand behind this decision, to NGOs, to every individual of our nation.
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han heads directly to Hagia Sophia. The Byzantine people are waiting for their fate. The conqueror of Istanbul, as a symbol of conquest, sews the starboard in the middle of Hagia Sophia. He throws an arrow towards the dome and reads the first adhan. Thus, he registered his conquest. According to the historians, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han, who went to the dome of Hagia Sophia, says this when he sees the dilapidated view of the building: