1st Muslim call to prayer inside Hagia Sophia since 1931 [CC]


#1

For the first time in 85 years, a Muslim call to prayer has taken place inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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#2

Awful. Just awful.

I wish the Church had our cathedral back and Masses were celebrated there again.


#3

Given the aggressiveness of much of Islam (including Erdogan’s government) in recent years, this should surprise no one.


#4

I wish it was even in Orthodox hands…at least the sacredness would be respected.


#5

I’d settle for it just remaining a museum open to all. If it becomes an active mosque it could be the end of open access.


#6

Well, since it was historically the cathedral of the Patriarch of Constantinople, it should be held by the Orthodox.


#7

Indeed. If they are going to start using it as a mosque regularly again the least they could do is also open it up to the Orthodox for regular use as well. Seeing as it has been a secular museum for almost a century.


#8

Exactly…


#9

It was be a glorious thing to have Jesus in the Eucharist present there again after so long.


#10

I’ve been to Hagia Sophia. It’s staggeringly beautiful. It was pretty much purely secular when I was there (although there is some Arabic calligraphy high up on the walls that I assume is something from the Koran).

I’m not so sure that if Hagia Sophia becomes an active mosque, public access will end. The famous (and equally beautiful, although in a very different way) Blue Mosque (visited by Pope Benedict around ten years ago!) across the plaza has always, and still is, open to the public.

I will also say that the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, which I’ve heard in many places around the world, is a beautiful and inspiring sound. Still, I’d be disappointed to see Hagia Sophia, for many years open to everyone as a museum, turned into a mosque.


#11

I was surprised that you must pay for entrance when entering Hagia Sophia, Islamic shrine opposite functions as a place of service and admission is free there


#12

Hopefully they will keep the name as Hagia Sophia atleast. The term Holy Wisdom, is not created by Islamic teaching. :smiley:

MJ


#13

Islamists are in control in Turkey, and they reject the secular underpinnings of the modern state of Turkey.


#14

it will probably revert to being a mosque sad to say.


#15

Not so surprising. Hagia Sophia is (or was, anyway) a museum, and everywhere I’ve been in the world, one has to pay an admission fee to enter a museum.

The Blue Mosque, on the other hand, is an active place of worship, and places of worship generally don’t charge admission fees.


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