Turkish State Council allowed changing the status of Hagia Sophia

Turkish State Council allowed changing the status of Hagia Sophia

The Turkish State Council canceled the Decision of the Turkish Government, signed by Ataturk in 1935, on assigning the status of a museum to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. This was announced by Report with a reference to CNN Turk. Thus, the Turkish authorities were given the legal authorization to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque.

Earlier, UNESCO called upon Turkey not to change the status of the cathedral. The Hagia Sophia is a former patriarchal Orthodox cathedral, later a mosque, and now the museum and the world-famous monument of Byzantine architecture, a symbol of the “Golden Age” of Byzantium. The official name of the monument today is the Ayasofya Museum.

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