Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his administration might convert the world famous Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque, media reports said.
“This is not unlikely. We might even change its name to Ayasofya Mosque,” said Erdogan during a live interview with Turkish broadcaster TGRT, media reports said.
When Erodgan was asked whether the entrance fee to the city landmark might be waived, he replied: “It’s not impossible… but we would not do it under the name ‘museum’ but ‘Hagia Sophia mosque’.”
“Tourists come and go at the Blue Mosque. Do they pay anything? … Well, we will do the same with the Hagia Sofia,” the Turkish president has said to the broadcaster.
He added: “As you know, the mosque was converted to a museum in 1935, as a reflection of CHP mentality. We may as well take a step and change that.”