The historic Istanbulâ€™s former cathedral, later Ottoman era mosque and now museum, Hagia Sophia, witnessed its first Quran recitation under its roof after 85 years.
The Religious Affairs Directorate launched the exhibition "Love of Prophet," as part of commemorations of the birth of Islamic Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The exhibition inside the Hagia Sophia is a show of Islamic calligraphic work in devotion to the Muslim Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and runs until May 8
The ceremony was attended by top Turkish officials including Religious Affairs Chairman Mehmet GÃ¶rmez, Undersecretary for Ministry of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Haluk and Istanbul Governor Vasip Åžahin attended the opening ceremony, which saw Ali Tel, imam at modern Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in the capital Ankara, recite Verses from Islamic holy Quran.
The historic basilica served as a cathedral for almost thousand years since 1453, when it was turned into a mosque with the historical conquest of Constantinople now Istanbul.
In 1453, Ottoman forces under Sultan Mehmet II conquered the city, he ordered the immediate conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a Imperial mosque. Islamic minarets were built around its Byzantine dome.
It later was secularized and converted into a museum in 1935.
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