True, Hagiasophia was previously a private property of the Byzantine imperial family. After the conquest, Mehmed Han turned them into his foundation.
@dBSPL is that correct?
He is right. But this is due to the fact that the Turks played a major role in European history. Like our Indian friends they have their Muslim heritage in mind all the time (I think they really miss us ). If Switzerland bans Minarets from Mosques it's their souverain decision if France doesn't want to give back stolen artefacts to Africa it's also their cup of tea. But if Muslims do something in their own country it's international news and must be condemned wholeheartedly!
St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican: Active Church and UNESCO World Heritage
Taj Mahal, India: Active mosque and UNESCO World Heritage
Notre-Dame, France: Active Church and UNESCO World Heritage
Hagia Sophia, Turkey: Mosque and therefore soon no UNESCO World Heritage ?!
In Turkey, almost 400 churches, synagogues and havra was renovated or built with state support. This is another matter. The situation of Ayasofya has nothing to do with them, or Pakistan's temple restorations.
This has nothing to do with Hagia Sophia .
Mr @Imran Khan never knew this.True, Hagiasophia was previously a private property of the Byzantine imperial family. After the conquest, Mehmed Han turned them into his foundation.
Fatih's grandmother, was the Byzantine-Roman Emperor VI. Ioannis's big daughter. In addition, after Mehmed Han conquered Istanbul, gave full guarantee to the Fener Rum Ecumenicalism and took them under his protection. Thus he claimed that he was Kayzer of the Eastern peoples(Anatolian / Balkans) and New Rome. (It should not be forgotten that at that time there were other Turkish states in the vast geography extending from Levant to the Caucasus including the east of Anatolia, there was no political union with Western Anatolia. However, the Ottomans were rising as balkan state. This paradigm has changed with the period of Yavuz Selim Han.)
In the last period of Byzantium, Sarayburnu was in complete ruin. All structures, including Hagia Sophia, were neglected.
A great rejuvenation process started with the Ottomans. In 100 years, Istanbul has become the most popular city in the world. City borders have grown tens of times and have become a center of attraction for people from all over the world. Today, the historical Konstantionopol has less than 1/100 of the current Istanbul.
The majority of the elements you see in the silhouette of the Ayasofya today are the works of Mimar Sinan. Most of element of structure, including the main dome, has been completely rebuilt. Thus, the Ayasofya has reached today. Most of the pillars you see inside are Mimar Sinan works. The Turks valued Ayasofya so much that it has not even changed its name. It has been preserved as the most precious treasure of Istanbul.
Only the human sculptures in it were removed. However, his revenge was taken 500 years later, Ottoman heirloom many precious artifacts, Hat(Calligraphy), candlesticks, carpets, etc were destroyed, during to museum transformation. The giant plates you see now, also were removed and thrown into the warehouse. These giant calligraphic works showing names of Allah (c.c.), Hz. Muhammad (pbuh) and the descendants Hz. Hasan and Hz. Huseyin(r.a.) and of our four caliphs.
Even the minarets were planned to be demolished, but architectural reports of the period were abandoned because Mimar Sinan planned the minaret to support the Dome. If the minarets were destroyed, the Dome was in danger of collapsing.
It is also not the first time that Ayasofya was closed to worship. It happened before many times in history. Catholic Crusaders looted, it saw civil wars and dynasty struggles, set on fire, damaged by neglect, damaged in earthquakes and so on... Many times during the Christian period, it was closed to worship for many years.