The US Ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, visited Hagia Sophia on Wednesday, for the first time after its reconversion to a mosque.
According to Turkish media, the ambassador was accompanied by Coskun Yilmaz, Constantinople’s top culture and tourism official.
It is recalled that the Hagia Sophia has been recently converted into a mosque by presidential decree, and the first official Muslim prayer took place on Friday, July 24.
Ambassador Satterfield toured #HagiaSophia to admire its grandeur and technical genius, and better understand the renovation and restoration work to be completed to preserve the universal value of and continued access to this monumental building.
— U.S. Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) July 30, 2020