July 24, 2020 / 9:20 AM / 21 days ago

Erdogan arrives at Hagia Sophia for first prayers

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan pose in the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 23, 2020. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan arrived at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on Friday to attend the first Muslim prayers there since he declared the monument, revered by Muslims and Christians alike for nearly 1,500 years, as a mosque, live television pictures showed.

Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Daren Butler

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