Istanbul: court paves way for the transformation of Hagia Sophia into mosque

Instead, the Hagia Sophia, a Unesco world heritage site could be used for Muslim worship, it was said in the court decision. Earlier, the Unesco had warned Tu

Istanbul: court paves way for the transformation of Hagia Sophia into mosque

Instead, the Hagia Sophia, a Unesco world heritage site could be used for Muslim worship, it was said in the court decision.

Earlier, the Unesco had warned Turkey before the unauthorised conversion of the historic building into a mosque. With the Status as a world heritage site, a series of Commitments and legal obligations to be "connected", explained the UN cultural organisation, and called on Turkey before making a decision to have a dialogue.

A state could make "no change to the outstanding universal value" of world heritage Monuments, the Unesco. The Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul's old town, a world heritage site.

Erdogan had referred to conversion into a Museum as a "big mistake"

Hagia Sophia was built in the 6. Century, first built as a Basilica, after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453 the Church was converted into a mosque. After the Turkish Republic's founding, it was in 1935 to the Museum.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had referred to the conversion into a Museum, most recently as a "big mistake". The Turkish secular Opposition and the United States as the most important ally of Turkey are, however, not to use as a mosque.

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Updated Date: 11 July 2020, 08:26

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