Erdogan called the status change Hagia Sophia a bug fix
The Turkish authorities corrected admitted in 1934, a historical mistake by changing the status of Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) Museum to a mosque, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, 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.
"We fulfilled the will of 83 million of our citizens. In 1934, who turned it into a Museum? And now we fix this error. This is our sovereign right," said Erdogan to the journalists.
He noted that the Hagia Sophia converted into a mosque out of the Church, and from the Museum.
"At the Fatih (Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror) it was adopted in ruins, and then turned us into treasure. For centuries courted her, expanded, made more beautiful. Let no worries, we will continue with the Hagia Sophia as a treasure, its cultural value," - said the President of Turkey.
He added that Turkish authorities carried out restoration of churches and synagogues. "We in any case there is no hostility to other religions - on the contrary, there is respect. We have 4-5 times more religious buildings for non-Muslims than in Europe for Muslims," said erdoğan.
The Hagia Sophia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. The Cathedral is about 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.