Hagia Sophia Museum will not get the status of a mosque

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The Turkish Supreme Court rejected a request from one of the religious groups. They had asked for the historical museum of Hagia Sophia to be transformed into a mosque. According to the Anatolian agency reporting the news on Thursday, the Court dismissed the case because of errors made in the written request.

The basilica of Hagia Sophia was transformed into a mosque during the fall of Constantinople in 1453, then into a museum in 1935. According to Turkish law, worship is prohibited in museums.

The agency notes that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has recently received requests to turn the museum into a mosque again.

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