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The Hagia Sophia rang dozens of bells of a funeral in Greece and Cyprus: believers mourn its transformation into a mosque. This publication reports AMNA.
The Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostom decided that the mourning ringing began at 12 p.m. local time and sounded for five minutes. This decision he explained the “arbitrary, unacceptable and criminal conversion of the Turks of the Cathedral in the mosque”.
In Greece, the mourning staged in the morning, in the cities of Serra to the North-East of the country and Patra in the South-West. Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome said that the first day of Hagia Sophia as a mosque — a day of sorrow and suffering “for Orthodoxy, Christianity and Hellenism”.
Earlier in the Hagia Sophia for the first time in 86 years, began the prayers. The call to prayer which rings out from minarets, read Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. All believers were given water and the text of the decree of Sultan Mehmed Fatih, which refers to the transfer of the Shrine to Muslims until the day of judgment.
On 10 July the Turkish Council of State — Supreme administrative court — unanimously declared illegal and quashed the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of 1934, attributing to the Hagia Sophia, the status of the Museum. Before that, on June 5, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed his aides to conduct a study to prepare the Cathedral for the official conversion into a mosque. On 2 July the Supreme court of Turkey ruled that the status of a Cathedral may be changed by the decree of the President of the country.
Saint Sophia Cathedral was erected by order of Emperor Justinian in the VI century of our era. After the Turks captured Constantinople, he was made a mosque but in 1935 the founder of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, gave the Shrine the status of a Museum.
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