Turkey Hagia Sophia

Turkey Hagia Sophia

In this combo of photos, a gold-coloured mosaic, left, that depicts The Virgin Mary and Jesus is seen inside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, while on the photo right, the mosaic is covered with sail-like drapes, following the inaugural Friday prayers, Friday, July 24, 2020. Mosaics depicting Christian figures were covered, in line with Islamic traditions that bar the depiction of figures. Worshipers held the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside the Istanbul landmark that served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a mosque and a museum before its conversion back into a Muslim place of worship. The conversion of the edifice, once the most important church of Christendom and the "jewel" of the Byzantine Empire, has led to an international outcry. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel/Yasin Akgul)

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June 25, 2020 06:59:45 AM
July 24, 2020 05:59:40 PM
Emrah Gurel / Yasin Akgul
AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
COMBO PHOTO
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Islam, Religion, Social affairs
Istanbul, TURKEY
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