Historical day:Hagia Sophia ready for first Muslim prayer after 86 years

Historical day:Hagia Sophia ready for first Muslim prayer after 86 years Carpets have been rolled out inside the former museum, with hours remaining for the iconic site to hold the first Friday prayer in Turkey's modern history
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July 24, 2020 12:56
Historical day:Hagia Sophia ready for first Muslim prayer after 86 years

Hagia Sophia is ready to reopen for Islamic worship for the first time in 86 years with an inaugural Friday prayer, Report says.

Carpets have been rolled out inside the former museum, with hours remaining for the iconic site to hold the first Friday prayer in Turkey's modern history.

Shades of duck-head green color were used in the carpet, which included 17th-century Ottoman motifs.

The floor of the historical structure is covered with carpet, as it is intended not to harm the authentic texture and architecture of the building.

Paintings, depictions, and mosaics will be closed with a curtain system during prayers.

The entrance to the areas to be prayed in Hagia Sophia will start from 10:00 a.m., reminding the precautions to be taken by those who will attend the prayer, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said in a press conference at the iconic marvel.

"We ask our citizens to bring four things with them when coming to Hagia Sophia: Masks, prayer rugs, patience, and understanding."

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