The Council of State's Hagia Sophia Decision Dropped Like a Bomb on the Agenda of the World

The Council of State's Hagia Sophia Decision Dropped Like a Bomb on the Agenda of the World
The Council of State's Hagia Sophia Decision Dropped Like a Bomb on the Agenda of the World

All Sophia eagerly awaited decision was announced at the last minute as Turkey. While the idea that the historical building, which has not been on the agenda for almost weeks, will be turned into a mosque again, many different views have been raised, and millions had been locked from the Council of State since the morning hours.


The Association for the Service of Historical Monuments and the Environment for Continuous Foundations filed a lawsuit at the Council of State with the request of cancellation of the Council of Ministers' decision to transform Hagia Sophia from a mosque to a museum. After the hearing, the Council of State, which examined the file, decided on the 2th Department.

The Chamber annulled the decision of the Council of Ministers dated 24 November 1934 on the conversion of Hagia Sophia from a mosque to a museum.

The decision of the Council of State, which opened the way for Hagia Sophia, which was converted into a museum with the decision of the Council of Ministers in 1934, to be a mosque, fell into the agenda of the world like a bomb. The foreign press, especially the international agencies, announced the decision as 'last minute' development.

Reuters news agency pointed out that the decision was taken against international warnings in the news that it passed with the “urgent” code.

"The Turkish court opened the way to transform the Hagia Sophia Museum, which was built in the 6th century, into a mosque," the British broadcaster BBC reported on the website as "last minute".

BBC Hagia Sophia is in the UNESCO World Heritage list reminding, he said that UNESCO made the call towards changing the status of Hagia Sophia in Turkey.

The American New York Times (NYT) newspaper also wrote that Hagia Sophia, which it defines as an "architectural gem", can be converted from a museum to a mosque by court order.

NYT emphasized that the change has been requested by President Tayyip Erdoğan for a long time.

Greek Kathimerini newspaper also quoted in the article from the website, "the decision will deepen the tension between Greece and Turkey," he gave in to comment.

The French newspaper Le Figaro stated that “The Turkish Council of State paved the way for Hagia Sophia to be converted from a museum to a mosque”.

The Russian Sputnik agency reminded that President Tayyip Erdogan made a statement in this direction last year, with the headline "The Turkish Council of State lifted the 1934 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum".

Source: Sözcü


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