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The Greek Premier also discussed with the head of the Greek Church the situation with Agia Sophia

Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed with the head of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Ieronim response to the transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the press service of the Prime Minister.

The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court - July 10, 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. They will begin on July 24.

"Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis contacted the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus, and they discussed a blasphemous transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and further action will be taken by the government and the Church", - said the press service.

Earlier official representative of the Greek government Stelios Petsas said Erdogan committed a "historical mistake" and Greece will make every effort to have consequences for Turkey, including sanctions.

The Greek government intends to raise to the world level the issue of turning Hagia Sofia into a mosque.

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.

The decision to turn the Hagia Sofia mosque caused a sharp reaction in many countries of the world.