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Hagia Sophia Baptismal Font Unearthed

A baptismal font unearthed during restoration of Hagia Sophia has been revealed to the press.

The baptismal font dates back to the sixth century and was used in mass baptism ceremonies.

The newly unearthed baptismal font in the Hagia Sophia Museum is made of solid marble. AA photo
The newly unearthed baptismal font in the former Church of Hagia Sophia is made of solid marble. AA photo
 

“This font was used in mass baptism ceremonies. I guess we are the first ones to see it since the conquest of Istanbul, because the baptismal font was never used again once the Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque”, said Director H. Dursun.

The baptismal font was 3.32 meters long, 2.52 meters wide and 1.16 meters deep. He said interest would increase when the pool opens to visitors.

Anatolia News Agency