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.