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RSS FeedsMuseum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia`s status
(WorldNews Turkey)


1 july 2020 16:38:20

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia`s status
(WorldNews Turkey)

Istanbul: In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year. The 6th-century building is now at the centre of a heated debate between nationalist, conservative and religious groups who are pressing for it to be reconverted back into a mosque and those who believe the UNESCO World Heritage site should remain a museum, underscoring Istanbul’s status as a bridge between continents and cultures. On Thursday, Turkey’s Council of State, the country’s highest...

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