Due to current events regarding the status of Hagia Sophia, I have heard from some people, saying that Sultan Mehmed II bought the Hagia Sophia before using it as a mosque.

I have searched for proof, but I couldn't find any in the Internet. Since I have no other resources or access to academic databases, I am asking this here. Thanks in advance.

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    According to Wikipedia, "In accordance with the traditional custom at the time, Sultan Mehmet II allowed his troops and his entourage three full days of unbridled pillage and looting in the city shortly after it was captured. Once the three days passed, he would then claim its remaining contents for himself." Why would he pay for something he's already taken by force? – Lars Bosteen Jul 15 at 1:53
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    You should at least provide support for "some people" and where this claim is being made. It's not a bad question per se, but showing prior research goes a long way. – gktscrk Jul 15 at 4:39
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    "The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific idea..." - what kind of nonsense judgment is this? Without any detailed explanation and reasonable argumentation, making such an accusation? Just because someone is "feeling" is enough to make this accusation? – Rep Jul 15 at 12:26
  • I made this questions because in different discussion Plattform I have read about this, like this: "Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror bought the building after opening Istanbul and transformed it into a mosque..." hagia-sophia-and-the-purchase-of-sultan-mehmed – Rep Jul 15 at 12:26
  • @Rep Questions which are easily answered by reading the Wikipedia article on the subject, which include unsourced claims that challenge the accepted historical narrative, and which include no evidence for prior research, frequently appear to be solely to promote or discredit a specific idea. That is why we have that close reason. If that was not your intent, you can always edit your question to improve it and bring it more in line with our site guidelines. – sempaiscuba Jul 15 at 18:18

From Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall' Chapter 68:

From the first hour of the memorable twenty-ninth of May, disorder and rapine prevailed in Constantinople till the eighth hour of the same day, when the sultan himself passed in triumph through the gate of St. Romanus. He was attended by his vizirs, bashaws, and guards, each of whom (says a Byzantine historian) was robust as Hercules, dexterous as Apollo, and equal in battle to any ten of the race of ordinary mortals. The conqueror gazed with satisfaction and wonder on the strange though splendid appearance of the domes and palaces, so dissimilar from the style of Oriental architecture. In the hippodrome, or atmeidan, his eye was attracted by the twisted column of the three serpents; and, as a trial of his strength, he shattered with his iron mace or battle-axe the under jaw of one of these monsters, which in the eyes of the Turks were the idols or talismans of the city. At the principal door of St. Sophia he alighted from his horse and entered the dome; and such was his jealous regard for that monument of his glory, that, on observing a zealous Musulman in the act of breaking the marble pavement, he admonished him with his scimitar that, if the spoil and captives were granted to the soldiers, the public and private buildings had been reserved for the prince. By his command the metropolis of the Eastern church was transformed into a mosque: the rich and portable instruments of superstition had been removed; the crosses were thrown down; and the walls, which were covered with images and mosaics, were washed and purified, and restored to a state of naked simplicity. On the same day, or on the ensuing Friday, the muezin, or crier, ascended the most lofty turret, and proclaimed the esan, or public invitation, in the name of God and his prophet; the imam preached and Mohammed the Second performed the namaz of prayer and thanks giving on the great altar, where the Christian mysteries had so lately been celebrated before the last of the Caesars.

... In the new character of a mosque, the cathedral of St. Sophia was endowed with an ample revenue, crowned with lofty minarets, and surrounded with groves and fountains for the devotion and refreshment of the Moslems The same model was imitated in the jami, or royal mosques; and the first of these was built by Mohammed himself, on the ruins of the church of the holy apostles and the tombs of the Greek emperors.

Hagia Sophia was Mehmed's by right of conquest and not purchase.

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    The mosaics where not only washed and purified but covered with plaster, that's why we can still see them in the Hagia Sophia. Unfortunately not all of them tho. – Tom Sol Jul 15 at 21:43

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