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UNESCO weighs in on controversy over Hagia Sophia

In response to the intention announced this week by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to turn the Hagia Sophia monument - originally a Byzantine Christian cathedral and now a museum - into a mosque after his country's local elections on Sunday, UNESCO sources cited by the Greek media clarified on Wednesday that changing the World Heritage site's status would require approval by the Paris-b

Erdogan threatens to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the midst of a regional and municipal elections campaign, has again threatened to turn the Byzantine Patriarchal Cathedral of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom of God) , which after the fall of Constantinople was turned into an imperial mosque and into a museum in the 1930s, into a mosque once again.

Changing Hagia Sophia’s status requires UNESCO approval, officials say

UNESCO sources cited by Greek media on Wednesday said that changing Istanbul-based Hagia Sophia's World Heritage Site status would require approval by the Paris-based organization.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again suggested turning Hagia Sophia, originally a Byzantine Christian cathedral, into a mosque.

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