The church of Hagia Sofia in Trabzon, north-eastern Turkey, which is a museum today, will be converted into a mosque according to the local Vakif Direction of Trabzon, which is the owner of the estate. The reconstruction works have already been started.
The mufti of the Turkish province Trabzon, Veysel Çakı, said that “the works for opening the Hagia Sophia mosque in the city to practice prayers again are going on,” and that “during the prayer the mural paintings will be covered by curtains.”
“The process of making Hagia Sofia a place of worship will not last long,” Çakı continued. According to Çakı, the Presidency of Religious Affairs has already appointed the imams for the mosque.
Hagia Sofia, which dates back to the thirteenth century when Trabzon was the capital of the Empire of Trebizond, is a church with a prominent position both among the monuments of Pontus, but also among the byzantine monuments in general. It owes its importance to its connection with numerous historical and archaeological aspects.