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In Bahrain I regret that Hagia Sophia became a place of split

The head of the Department of culture and antiquities of Bahrain and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab regional centre for world heritage of the Sheikh may al Khalifa, expressed regret that instead of the unifying role of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul against the decision of the Turkish authorities to turn it into a mosque has become a subject of conflict and division.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 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.

"The Hagia Sophia is considered the archaeological monument and a cultural heritage, should therefore be a meeting place between scholars and experts in the field of culture and cultural heritage, it is regrettable that he is subject to conflict and division," - said the head of the Bahrain news Agency.

The 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.