The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was built all the way back in 537 and has been many things, from a Greek Orthodox basilica to a Catholic cathedral, an Ottoman imperial mosque, and a museum. In 2020, the President of Turkey issued a decree, ordering to reclassify Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. This decision was controversial, invoking condemnation from UNESCO, the World Council of Churches, and many international leaders. But no matter what happens to the place, one cat will always call it home.

Gli is a beautiful European shorthair with slightly crossed-eyes and an attitude of a royal. She has been living within the centuries-old walls for most of her sixteen years of life, and has become a favorite among all the tourists that pass through.

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MagicalUnicorn
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queen is marching on <3

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Gli even has her own Instagram and she has Umut Bahceci running it. She too was born in Istanbul. "I'm in love with this city," Bahceci told Bored Panda. "I've seen more than 20 countries and so many beautiful cities but deep in my heart, I believe that Istanbul is the Queen of all cities and Hagia Sophia is the crown of Istanbul."

Bahceci had been a tour guide at Hagia Sophia while it was still a museum and said her love for it was the biggest reason why she chose this career.

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tuzdayschild
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Yep, she owns the place.

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She said Istanbul is famous for its stray cats. People have even been making documentaries about them. "It was normal to see cats both around and in Hagia Sophia, but there was something special about this one. I saw a light in her from the very beginning of our relationship. The way she poses, the way she walks, the way she behaves is totally different from other cats, even her sister Kizim."

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DforDorothy
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Cuteness overload!

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"One day, I saw her in the newspaper in a photo with Obama and President Erdoğan," Bahceci said. "It was then that I learned her name." Perfectly describing the cat's character, Gli means 'union of love'.

As Bahceci started to watch her more and more, she realized that Gli really brought everyone together. Whatever their religion, the color of their skin or gender was, they all smiled when they met Gli.

"I created an Instagram account for Gli so that I could collect and keep her photos in one place. Eventually, people slowly started sending me their pictures of her," Bahceci said.

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DforDorothy
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Such a cute derp! 🥰

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If she was to describe Gli's personality with one word, it would be 'queen'. Gli loves to pose for the cameras but if Hagia Sophia becomes a bit too crowded for her, the cat might hide in a quiet corner. "In winter, she loves to be in front of the light projectors because they do a good job keeping her warm."

The whole staff is her family but Bahceci wanted to thank archeologist Defne Bali, the vice director of Hagia Sophia, for taking care of Gli from the moment she was born.

Currently, there are no plans to relocate Gli. She will continue to live in Hagia Sophia, the place where she was born and grew up in, even after its conversion to a mosque.

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Rare Wubbox
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1 week ago

I SAID, DO NOT TAKE MY SPOT!

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Opazi Marcha
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1 week ago

Why the queen has no need to bow. She is superior to all.

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DforDorothy
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1 week ago

Ultimate light therapy. Gorgeous picture by the way.🤗

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glowworm2
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1 week ago

What a lovely picture!

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Ms.M.
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1 week ago

The Chosen One

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Rissie
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1 week ago

Ooh pretty picture of a pretty kitty :) I love how her green eyes are captured I this one!

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ArhomR
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1 week ago

What a commanding presence.

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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1 week ago

maybe it is... God himself?

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Kate
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1 week ago

Witness the glory of mine butt. Witness it!

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DforDorothy
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1 week ago

' come closer, and I'll let you know the mysteries of your future...'

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Raine Soo
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1 week ago

Gil definitely gets along great with people.

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glowworm2
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1 week ago

Aw! She's really cute!

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ArhomR
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1 week ago (edited)

Im so exhausted. Think I’ll rest a while.

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Opazi Marcha
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1 week ago

“I said...or else.”

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ArhomR
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1 week ago

Donation box! You seem to have forgotten the donation box!! Hey you! That’s right!!

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Amanita Virosa
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1 week ago

Unless it's a reflection, it looks like she has a friend.

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ArhomR
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1 week ago

Did you put your money in the donation box?

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DforDorothy
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1 week ago (edited)

' what the actual F*** are you doing human!?'

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Nadine Khazaka
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1 week ago

Now we know who's guarding stairway to heaven.

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Mia
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1 week ago

Looks like she wants some cuddles

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Emi A.
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1 week ago

Is the cat photobombing blocking the lady behind or is the lady behind photobombing lol??

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ArhomR
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1 week ago

Me and my shadow... sign along if you know the words.

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Raine Soo
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1 week ago

Gil does have beautiful green eyes.

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Eira
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1 week ago

"That looks delicious, peasant. Mind if I have a bite?"

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Eira
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1 week ago

The majestic queen in all her glory. Thou must boweth beforth thy crownethed!

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