Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to become a mosque

epa07346960 A general view of the Hagia Sophia Museum during a visit by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Istanbul, Turkey, 06 February 2019. Tsipras is in Turkey for a two-day official visit. EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU

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Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul will be controversially turned into a mosque.

The Hagia Sophia, known as Ayasofya in Turkey, in the past was a church and a mosque. In 1934 it was given secular status so that worshippers of all religions can enjoy the building.

But now Erdogan said that it had been a “very big mistake” to turn it into a museum.

Erdogan’s decision risks angering Greece, Turkey’s neighbour and historical adversary.

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the Hagia Sophia after meeting with Erdogan last month to emphasise it’s status.

Via Euronews

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