UNESCO commented on the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azul deeply regrets Turkey's decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was accepted "without dialogue."

"UNESCO Director-General deeply regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities adopted without prior dialogue to change the status of Hagia Sophia", - said in a communique of the organization.

The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.

Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated 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.