Hagia Sophia’s famed cat ‘Gli’ dies at the age of 16

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Hagia Sophia’s famous inhabitant cat, Gli, has died after being taken ill in September, İstanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya stated on his social media account.

“I’m sorry to lose Gli. Hagia Sophia’s cat Gli, who has been treated in a private veterinary clinic in Levent since the 24th of September, unfortunately, passed away due to old age. We’ll never forget you. Gli,” Yerlikaya wrote on Saturday.

Gli, which translates to “union of love” in Turkish, was a popular feature of Hagia Sophia, with tourists frequently scouring the structure to take pictures of the green-eyed feline.

She rose to fame after she was filmed in 2009  being stroked by former US President Barack H. Obama during a visit to what was then a museum with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Gel gidelim hamama, terle Barack Obama! - KAAN SEZYUM - Radikal

News of Gli’s passing has given rise to an outpouring of condolences and love online from those who followed her on her Instagram page. The page was created by a tour guide called Umut Bahceci, and gained over 114,000 followers, along with Turkish officials including Üsküdar municipality mayor Hilmi Türkmen and presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın.

Gli, who died in the Levent clinic, was moved to a private room away from visitors before she passed away, and prayers were requested for her recovery.

Gli had shared celebratory status with another cat in the city called Tombili, which was immortalized with its very own statue when it stole the hearts of thousands after being photographed famously lying back on the pavement.

Cats have been a key hallmark of Turkey, with İstanbul housing as many as 125,000 stray cats who are looked after by the government, as well as by the Turkish people, who often leave food around makeshift shelters in public spaces.

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