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Turkey: Court rules in favour of converting Hagia Sophia back into mosque02:26

Turkey: Court rules in favour of converting Hagia Sophia back into mosque

Turkey, Istanbul
July 10, 2020 at 13:58 GMT -00:00 · Published

A Turkish court ruled that Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will be converted back into a mosque, overturning a 1934 decision.

Local residents were seen gathered by the landmark located in Istanbul on Friday, with some carrying Turkish flags.

UNESCO, who has been opposing the move, released a statement following the decision, expressing concerns about the impact it may have on the universal value of the site and calling on the Turkish authorities "to engage in dialogue" on the matter.

Turkey: Court rules in favour of converting Hagia Sophia back into mosque02:26
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A Turkish court ruled that Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will be converted back into a mosque, overturning a 1934 decision.

Local residents were seen gathered by the landmark located in Istanbul on Friday, with some carrying Turkish flags.

UNESCO, who has been opposing the move, released a statement following the decision, expressing concerns about the impact it may have on the universal value of the site and calling on the Turkish authorities "to engage in dialogue" on the matter.

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