Hagia Sophia near sunset from Ambassador Hotel Istanbul rooftop.
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a decree to turn the historic Hagia Sophia site back into a mosque.

On Friday, a Turkish court overturned a government decree in 1934 to transfer the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum.

The court stated, according to the Anadolu Agency, that the decree is illegal, noting that Hagia Sophia’s deed describes it as a mosque and cannot be changed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier suggested that the mosque be restored to the UNESCO World Heritage site, a focal point for both the Byzantine Christian and Ottoman Muslim empires, and it is now one of the most visited monuments in Turkey.

Today’s ruling was issued by the State Council, which is the highest administrative court in Turkey.

On Friday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on Turkey not to convert the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul into a mosque, noting Turkey’s legal obligations.

“The Hagia Sophia, as part of Istanbul’s archaeological areas, is included in the World Heritage List as a museum. A number of legal obligations are attached to it. Thus the state must ensure that the exceptional total value of the buildings on this land does not change,” they said.

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Orthodox
Orthodox
2020-07-11 04:39
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It’s an Orthodox Cathedral. Built by the Greeks. But them muslim Turks can’t build anything like that, they must steal it.

Daniel Yakoubian
Daniel Yakoubian
2020-07-11 00:44

That’s the West for you, a museum is more important that a house of worship. It will still be there and everyone knows it’s history. I understand that Erdogan has political considerations here, but everything has political considerations. Turkey is rightfully proud of its history and Muslim character, and heck some of us in the West actually respect the religion and admire those who practice it.

Alex
Alex
2020-07-11 12:49

You are tottally missing the point brother, all the points actually… no one wants to deprive Turkey from anything, including their muslim heritage, which it’s nothing wrong to be proud of. “West” doesn’t need Turkey that much as you may think. However, Erdogan with such actions and other questionable military ventures to other countries, will bring (further) misery to Turkey. Hope, for the sake for the Turkish people that he’ll be removed from power soon.

Evangelia Greek Orthodox
Evangelia Greek Orthodox
2020-07-14 17:56

God Our Lord Jesus is watching and our Saints us Christians are waiting for Karma to hit him hard