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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may become mosque

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.trend.az/regions/met/turkey/1951696.html Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may become mosque 31 October 2011, 13:56 (GMT+04:00) Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.31 /
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      Hagia Sophia in Istanbul may become mosque
      31 October 2011, 13:56 (GMT+04:00)

      Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.31 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /

      Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was earlier a Patriarchal Orthodox
      Cathedral and later a mosque, and now a museum, may once again become an
      active mosque, the Sabah newspaper reports.

      Repairs are underway. A mimbar - a platform for the imam -- is planned
      to be built in the museum.

      Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said during a visit
      to the museum that fundamental changes should be made in Hagia Sophia.

      Hagia Sophia was built in Constantinople, now Istanbul, in 537. After
      Mehmet II conquered the city in 1453, the church turned into a mosque.

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