President Erdogan inaugurates historic religious school in Istanbul
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched the reopening and operation of the Fatih Madrassa of the Ayasofya Mosque, the first religious school in Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire.
The Turkish President inaugurated the Ayasofya Fatih Madrassa, the first Ottoman school in Istanbul.
“We have taken a very important step to bring our magnificent past to the present and the future, and to bring it closer to our people,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the inauguration ceremony on Friday.
“After conquering Istanbul, this place was put into operation as the city’s first madrassa, next to Ayasofya,” Erdogan added.
The religious school takes its name from Fatih (Conqueror), the title given to Sultan Mehmet II, who conquered the city in 1453. It was the first of its kind in the capital of the former Ottoman Empire.
Erdogan said the school continued to operate until 1924 with maintenance, repair and construction work at different times, but was then demolished by “those who wanted to erase the country’s rich history. “.
Erdogan said the madrassa will once again be an education center, run by Fatih Sultan Mehmet University.
“Ayasofya Fatih Madrassa, which has been instrumental in nurturing countless scholars for almost four and a half centuries, will now serve as a center of education. I hope that tomorrow’s scholars, intellectuals, scientists and scholars will be nurtured here,” the president said.
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Ayasofyathe historical significance of
Ayasofya was built in the year 532 CE and transformed into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, who then established a mosque foundation.
The historic place of worship was turned into a museum in 1934 and regained mosque status in 2020.
Apart from being a mosque, Ayasofya is also among the top tourist destinations in Türkiye and remains open to both domestic and foreign visitors.
In 1985 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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