Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy: “Just as far as we have protected the universal value, uniqueness and integrity of Hagia Sophia covering its concrete and intangible qualities, we will show maximum care together from now on.”
Minister Ersoy: “The restoration budgets allocated for Hagia Sophia were doubled upon the order of our President. As the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, we are accelerating the restorations there with very serious budgets with the support of our General Directorate of Foundations. ”
Minister Ersoy: “Today, if Hagia Sophia stands firmly and functionally, and the world is a part of the UNESCO heritage site with its richness of culture, belief and history, the world owes the Turkish nation, which has owned the Hagia Sophia Mosque as a valuable custody for 567 years and protected its life when it came. . "
Head of Religious Affairs Ali Erbaş: “As of 24 July, Hagia Sophia will continue to serve Muslims at the point of worship, but without any discrimination, sect and racial discrimination, again as a mosque.
Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and Head of Religious Affairs Ali Erbaş signed the “Protocol on Cooperation Regarding Protection, Development, Promotion and Management Activities to be Carried out in the Ayasofya-i Kebir Mosque Sheriff”.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the protocol signed between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Minister Ersoy wished God's mercy to those who died as a result of the fall of the reconnaissance plane in Van and condolences to their relatives.
Minister Ersoy stated that everyone can say his opinion about the Ayasofya Mosque, which was opened for worship again with the decision of the Council of State and the decision signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, “However, nobody is above this decision taken by the independent judiciary and welcomed by our nation.” said.
Minister Ersoy pointed out the struggle of the Turkish nation for the Ayasofya Mosque to reach today, and made the following evaluations:
“Today, if Hagia Sophia stands still and functionally and is part of the UNESCO heritage list with all its culture, belief and history, the world owes to the Turkish nation, who has owned the Hagia Sophia Mosque as a valuable custody for 567 years and protected its life when it came. From the Crusader army to the armies of the Entente States, which occupied Istanbul in the 20th century, their disrespect and damage caused by this enormous temple were noted in history as a deep shame. ”
Expressing that no one should doubt that the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be carefully preserved, Minister Ersoy said, “Just as if we have protected the universal value, originality and integrity of Hagia Sophia, which will cover the concrete and intangible qualities, we will show maximum care together. First of all, it is a requirement of our loyalty to our past as a requirement of our national and spiritual values. In addition we show is always the principle of protection of cultural heritage in Turkey tenderness and sincerity is a must. " he spoke.
Explaining that the main principles for the protection of the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the inter-institutional division of labor were determined with the protocol, Minister Ersoy once again stated that “The preservation of the historical, cultural, social, spiritual and aesthetic values of our mosque will be realized once more within the framework of our international contracts and internal legislation. Getting under it. Religious services in the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be carried out by our Religious Affairs Directorate. As in the past, we will carry out restoration, conservation and conservation activities as the Ministry. There is nothing changing at this point. ” shared his knowledge.
“Restoration Budgets of Hagia Sophia Increased Several Times”
Emphasizing that the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be open to local and foreign tourists for free, Minister Ersoy said, “The restoration budgets allocated for Hagia Sophia were doubled upon the instructions of our President. Now, as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, we are accelerating the restorations there with very serious budgets with the support of our General Directorate of Foundations. ” spoke in the form.
Minister Ersoy declared that the title deed building in Sultanahmet Square was allocated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism upon the order of President Erdogan and said, “There is a collection of icons and church belongings in the inventory of our Ministry, which is 1359, Istanbul state period collections, mausoleum collections, stone works. we will start exhibiting our treasury values such as the collection and the coin collection. ” used expressions.
Minister Ersoy wished the protocol would be beneficial for the country and nation.
“It is up to us to protect this heritage”
Speaking at the ceremony, Ali Erbaş, Head of Religious Affairs, pointed out that Hagia Sophia Mosque is one of the most important cultural heritage of humanity with a history of 500 years and said, “Hagia Sophia has served as a mosque for 1453 years since 481. Hopefully, from the next 24th of July, as a mosque, it will continue to serve Muslims at the point of worship, but without any discrimination, sect or racial discrimination. ” said.
Erbaş emphasized that the Hagia Sophia Mosque's architectural structure is a value that people of all faiths can benefit from with its past and added:
“It is up to us to protect this heritage. How we will preserve this heritage in the best way, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Foundations, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums, and the Directorate of Religious Affairs within the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and how we will contribute to better quality and qualified service to humanity. We do a distribution of tasks.
I believe that the visitors of the Hagia Sophia Mosque will increase further from now on. There will be millions of people from all over the world who come not only from our country but also to visit and visit our Hagia Sophia Glass. We will try to fulfill this duty in the best way with qualified and quality services. ”
Following the speeches, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and Head of Religious Affairs Ali Erbaş signed the protocol.