Performing religious prayers at the Hagia Sophia, which was converted into a museum in 1935 is prohibited although numerous groups have called for its reopening as a mosque recently. Originally constructed in 537 as a Greek Orthodox Church, it was converted into a mosque after Istanbul's conquest by Ottomans. It remained a mosque until 1931 when it was closed to the public for four years and reopened as a museum.
Anatolian Youth Organization President Salih Turhan told reporters that seeing Hagia Sophia as a museum "hurt" Muslims. "It is our duty to convert it back to its original state [a mosque] to show Islam's prevalence in this region and carry out the nation's will."
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