The Turkish authorities have started inspecting the redesign of the old Hagia Sophia basilica in Istanbul and have made the first logistical preparations to make the place compatible with Muslim religious activities.
The building was closed to visitors this Saturday to allow Ministry of Tourism officials to make preparations, the Turkish-Anatolian news agency reports.
This Saturday, several government-related media praised the conversion of Hagia Sophia by calling this decision “historic”. “The resurrection of Hagia Sophia,” said Yeni Safak, who said that “eighty-six years of exile, pain and longing are over,” the data protection agency said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reported that the first prayers after the conversion will be on July 24. Until then, as explained, logistical problems will be solved and all necessary measures will be taken to adapt the previous museum.