Erdoğan Mulls Hagia Sophia As Mosque

AGIA-SOFIA1Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appears to be moving toward allowing Hagia Sophia, now a museum, to be opened as a mosque.

According to the Turkish daily newspaper Vatan, during a meeting between the executives of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Erdoğan was called to answer whether or not and when Hagia Sophia will start to function as a mosque.

He did not exclude the possibility of Hagia Sophia serving as a mosque and said “The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (i.e. the Blue Mosque) is empty during the hours of praying. When it will be full we can discuss the topic of opening Hagia Sophia for praying”.

Some took Erdoğan’s response as a vacillation and others as a first sign of plans for permitting the opening of Hagia Sophia as a mosque. In the last month, religious organizations in Turkey began a petition drive backing the use of the former Byzantine temple as a mosque.


11 COMMENTS

  1. And after that, there are some peoples who say that we should build mosques in Athens for illegals and that Turks are our “friends” (lol) …

  2. I hope this crazy idiot Islamist doesn’t do this. He would only embarrass Turkey.

    He would also have no case at all in asking Greeks to allow mosques in their country. They probably shouldn’t anyway.

    I am a Turk but I want Saint Sophia to either be a museum or go back to its original use as a Cathedral. There are far too many mosques in Istanbul anyway.

  3. You should be proud of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk instead who turned Turkey from being a stone-aged islamic society into a modern, West-oriented secular state with great progression.

    This bastard tears all of that up and wants to return Turkey into a stone-aged islamic horror with multi-oppression. Shame on him and on You!

  4. I don’t agree with you..Real bastar was M.Kemal ! Are you afraid that ottoman to resuscitate..?
    By the way You should be respectful all opinion otherwise shame on you..!

  5. Turning this scared place into a different religion will send the wrong message about how Turkey views other peoples and faiths. Turkey and Hellas should be building bridges and not creating new rifts.

  6. M. Erdogan thinks he’s Jenghis Khan
    He dusted off an old moldy plan
    And mulls to make St. Sophia
    A barefoot haven for sharia.

  7. You seem to have a hard time respecting others Yourself, my friend….so, no…I´m not ashamed at all…
    Be aware of that the hero of Yours was sentensed to jail in 1998 for some stupid announcements.
    He´s an islamist and such people does not belong to our enlightened years.
    It was thanks to mr Kemal that Turkey has progressed into this years, not some fanatic islamist.

  8. Greece, Russia and the rest of the world should invade Constantinople and bring back the glory of Jesus. Mohammered is a false prophet

  9. Turkey already was modern, and its people were already civilized before Mustafa kemal, Mustafa kemal even sold away many lands within the ottoman empire, he got defeated by enemies, and he smiled to them and kissed their asses to keep him up and declare him a war hero, but UK and Russia were already tired of war, because they knew that Muslims are those who would spend years fighting.