Hagia Sophia might be converted to mosque: Tayyip Erdogan

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March 25,2019

'This is not a strange proposal,' he said regarding the calls for converting the ancient building to a mosque that it served as for hundreds of years.

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  • The mosque was converted to a museum in 1935
  • Erdogan voiced the possibility of converting the Hagia Sophia museum back into mosque

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday voiced the possibility of converting the Hagia Sophia, which has been used as a museum since 1935, back into a mosque.

"This is not unlikely. We might even change its name to Ayasofya Mosque," Erdogan said during a live interview with Turkish broadcaster .

Asked whether the entrance fee to the city landmark might be waived, he said: "It's not impossible... but we would not do it under the name 'museum' but 'Hagia Sophia mosque'."

He added: "Tourists come and go at the Blue Mosque. Do they pay anything? ... Well, we will do the same with the Hagia Sofia."

"This is not a strange proposal," he said regarding the calls for converting the ancient building to a mosque that it served as for hundreds of years.

"As you know, the mosque was converted to a museum in 1935, as a reflection of CHP mentality. We may as well take a step and change that," he concluded, pointing to the harshly secularist policies of the 1930's Republican People's Party (CHP), which is the main opposition today.


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