First Friday prayers since 1930s take place at historic Hagia Sophia site in Istanbul, after Turkish authorities ruled it could be converted into mosque
Spot the difference. Erdogan in English: Hagia Sophia's doors will be, as is the case with all our mosques, wide open to all, whether they be foreign or local, Muslim or non-Muslim. Erdogan in Arabic: Revival of Hagia Sophia is a sign towards return of freedom to AlAqsa mosque.
Official statement on Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, part of the property “Historic Areas of Istanbul,” is inscribed on the #WorldHeritage List as a museum. The inscription entails a number of legal commitments and obligations. More: