President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has visited Istanbul's Hagia Sophia ahead of its opening as a mosque on July 24.
He spent nearly an hour at the site and received information on the works from Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya.
Erdoğan was accompanied by Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Ali Erbaş.
Ayasofya... pic.twitter.com/SqXRX3N5WG— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) July 19, 2020
On July 10, the Council of State annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that had turned Hagia Sophia into a museum. Declaring the building a mosque, Erdoğan said prayers would be held there on July 24.