Ertugrul actor Celal AL shares historic moments at Hagia Sophia
The Turkish actor who played the role of Abdur Rahman Alp in Diriliş: Ertuğrul, shared a video clip of people offering Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia on his Instagram stories. During the video clip, the Turkish actor is seen excited after offering Friday prayers at the historic Hagia Sophia.
He posted on Instagram: “Emotions and feelings are indescribable. After 86 years again mosque. All the praise for Allah.”
Several thousand people including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated on Friday in the first Muslim prayers at Hagia Sophia since the reconversion of the former cathedral into a mosque.
The prayers come after a July 10 ruling revoked the Byzantine-era building's status as a museum, in place since 1934. Erdogan recited a verse from the Holy Quran before the call to prayer was heard from the four minarets of Hagia Sophia. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, tight crowds formed on Friday morning in Istanbul. Several people had spent the night in the area.