Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who set up a “fiesta” outside Hagia Sophia for the Fall of Constantinople, carried out his threat by reading a Quran prayer inside the temple.
As part of the celebrations that the Turkish president had pre-announced for this day, which were organized by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture and broadcast live on state television, the “Al-Fātiḥah sūrah”, a Muslim prayer dedicated to Muhammad II, was read inside the today’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The celebrations for the Fall of Constantinople had started early in the morning with Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the protagonist.
Αt the morning, the Turkish president greeted the crowd on the boats that passed the Bosphorus to celebrate the Fall of Constantinople.
Moreover, a model of the Wall of Constantinople has been erected outside Hagia Sophia as part of events for the Fall of Constantinople.
The fiesta, organized by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was broadcast live on the social networks of the Turkish presidency, with music and songs.
Shortly afterwards, the TV show organized by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture began.
It is recalled that the Turkish president himself had announced yesterday that the verse of the Fall from the Quran would be read inside Hagia Sophia.
On the same day, Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs head Ali Erbas said that he would not hold “tomorrow’s Muslim prayers in Sultanahmet Square” between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), but in the Fatih mosque in Constantinople.