Erdogan signed a decree on the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
Earlier on Friday it became known that the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum.
Erdogan has posted on Twitter a photo signed by him of the decree. "Resolved: to transfer the management of Ayia Sofia Dianyu (management on Affairs of religion of Turkey – ed.) and open it for worship," reads the decree.
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.
The Hagia Sophia 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.