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Old Posted Jul 11, 2020, 1:05 AM
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Hagia Sophia to be Converted Back to a Mosque

Turkish President Erdogan has issued a decree that the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul will be converted back to a mosque after a court ruling declared the building's conversion to a museum in the 1930's illegal. This comes despite international warnings not to convert the Hagia Sophia back to a mosque and the building is popular for both Christians and Muslims. When the monumental building was first built, it was used as a Byzantine church until the Ottoman invasion in 1453. Then the structure became a mosque and a symbol of Ottoman religious power until 1935 when it became a museum under Kemal Ataturk who was the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. UNESCO has threatened to withdraw the building's status as a World Heritage Site and the decision to convert the building back to a mosque is likely to cause tensions with the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Council of State also cancelled the 1934 decision that turned the Hagia Sophia into a museum. It is interesting to see how everything plays out. ... 19431.html
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