The state Council has allowed Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque
The Turkish state Council (Supreme administrative court) annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia) in Istanbul in the Museum, informs television channel CNN Turk.
"The state Council of Turkey overturned the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum", - transmits television channel, noting that now the Hagia Sophia can be used as a mosque.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that waiting for the decision of the state Council on the possibility of changing the status of Hagia Sophia and its transformation from a Museum into a mosque will do depending on him.
The Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier that his country has the right to change the status of a Cathedral, turning it into a mosque, without taking into account the views of other States.
Aya Sofia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian, and was opened on 27 December 537. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.