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In Istanbul, work began to strengthen the seismic resistance of Hagia Sophia – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 24, 2024 Time: 05:57:05

During the restoration process, a 3D electronic model of the mosque and other buildings in the complex was created. Cleaning of the external façade is also being prepared, after which scaffolding will be erected around the minarets and work will be carried out to reinforce the building in the event of an earthquake. While the restorers have updated the decoration of the domes of the mosque. At the same time, as the restorers promise, visits to the mosque by tourists and believers will not be limited during work to strengthen the seismic resistance of the building complex.

In July 2020, Turkey’s State Council revoked the 1934 decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a museum. After this, the country’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, announced that he had signed a decree to convert the cathedral into a mosque and begin Muslim worship there. The first prayer was held in the Hagia Sophia on July 24, 2020.

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The Temple of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sophia) was founded by the Byzantine Christian emperor Justinian I and inaugurated on December 27, 537. The cathedral was the largest temple in the Christian world for about a thousand years. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the cathedral was converted into a mosque. But since 1934, by Kemal Atatürk’s decree, the building became a museum and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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