The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
The former Hagia Sophia in Istanbul will remain a Museum by the decision of the Turkish court.
The Supreme court of Turkey rejected a request by a religious group to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was returned to the status of the mosque. It is reported by Interfax with reference to the Anatolian news Agency.
According to media reports, the court made this decision because the request was made formal errors.
Since 2000 years, various organizations have sent requests to Turkish authorities demanding the return of the Museum of Hagia Sophia, the status of the mosque.
The Hagia Sophia is a former Cathedral of St. Sophia, built in the IV century, is an outstanding monument of Byzantine architecture. After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the Turks turned the temple into a mosque and added four minarets. Then the Cathedral has a new name – Hagia Sophia.
In 1934, the Cathedral received the status of a Museum. Under Turkish law, in museums do not carry out any services.