23 July Thursday

IMM Takes Precautions for the first Friday prayer at the Hagia Sophia Mosque

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) took a series of measures before performing first Friday prayer at the Hagia Sophia Mosque. For this reason, İETT, a transportation subsidiary of the IMM, will offer fare-free public transit for Istanbulites with 25 buses on Kazlıçeşme - Yenikapı - Sultanahmet route. İSPARK Inc., an affiliate of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will provide free car parking service to make visitors more comfortable in Yenikapı-Kazlıçeşme-Gülhane district of the city. 25,000 of bottles of water, masks, disinfectants and disposable prayer rugs will be distributed for free to visitors at Hagia Sophia Square. The joint-renovation works on Golden Horn Bridge, which is still in progress, will also be halted due to the same reason.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) gathered under the chairmanship of Mr. Can Akın Çağlar, the newly-appointed Secretary-General of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) in order to prevent any problems that may arise during the first Friday Prayer to be performed at the Hagia Sophia Mosque on July 24, 2020. During the meeting held at the Saraçhane Municipality Building, a series of measures were also taken to prevent problems that may occur at Eminönü - Yenikapı - Kazlıçeşme and Sultanahmet Squares.

The decisions taken by the city administration are as follows:

- İETT Inc. will provide free shuttle bus service with 25 buses on Kazlıçeşme - Yenikapı - Sultanahmet route.

- There will be no tram services running along Eminönü - Sultanahmet - Beyazıt route.

- The joint-renovation works on Golden Horn Bridge, which is still in progress, will be halted.

- The number of Fire Brigade staff at Eminönü Fire Department will be increased and 1 fire truck (for one each )at Yenikapı - Kazlıçeşme Squares and two of the fire trucks will be assigned to the Sultanahmet Square.

- A total of 25 vehicles with 100 staff will be deployed to direct people and avoid confusion on Kazlıçeşme - Yenikapı - Sultanahmet Square - Beyazıt Square - Eminönü line.

- Kandil Restaurant and BELTUR Mobo Buffet operating in Gülhane Park will be closed on Friday July 24, between 07:00 a.m. and 17:00 p.m.

- İSPARK parking lots in Yenikapı, Kazlıçeşme and Gülhane districts will provide free services and the number of stuff in the area will be increased in order not to interrupt the service of any visitors in the area.

- The audio system in the Fatih Mosque, Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Paşa Mosque located at Kazlıçeşme Square and two mosques located inside Yenikapı Event Area, will be checked and maintained and mobile water fountains will also be stationed for each mosque.

- 4 mobile buffets will be installed in Yenikapı, one in each of the central locations such as Kazlıçeşme, Beyazıt Square, Eminönü Square, Cankurtaran Sultanahmet entrance. In addition to that, 6 tents with 3 and 3 meters of floor space will be installed and 25,000 of bottles of water, masks, disinfectants and disposable prayer rugs will be distributed for free to each person at Hagia Sophia Square.

- Toilets in Yenikapı, Gülhane, Sultahmet, Firuzağa, Kazlıçeşme, Eminönü Square will be kept open 24 hours - they will be free of charge. The number of staff serving in these locations will be increased.

- As part of the measures taken by the City Administartion, the Basilica Cistern will be closed for visitors for three days from Friday to Sunday and all activities and events at Yenikapı Event Area, Sultanahmet and Kazlıçeşme Squares will be postponed for the time being.

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