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In Germany commented on the decision of Turkey's Hagia Sophia

In Berlin regret the decision to withdraw the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, said at a briefing the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.

"The Federal government, as it is said in the weekend and in the German foreign office, I regret to have taken note of Turkey's decision, taken on Friday. The Hagia Sophia is of great cultural and historical significance, and it has a great religious significance for Christianity and for Islam," said Seibert.

He added that "now we need to wait for further regulation to use" Cathedral.

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.

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

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.