Hundreds of worshippers packed into Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square Friday morning before sunrise in hopes of entering the Hagia Sophia museum-turned-mosque join the first prayer of Eid al Adha – or Bayram, as the Islamic festival of sacrifice is called in Turkey – to be held inside the historic building in more than 80 years.
Fatih Municipality workers in protective suits disinfect Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, July 30, 2020. (Reuters)
Worshippers take part in the Eid al-Adha prayers outside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on July 31, 2020. (AFP)
Worshippers attend the afternoon prayer at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 26, 2020. (Reuters)