Austria calls assignment of mosque status to Turkish Hagia Sophia step away from Europe

Source : 112 Ukraine

The cathedral has been in museum status since 1935
16:13, 11 July 2020
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
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Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg called Turkey’s decision to turn Hagia Sophia in mosque "a step away from Europe." He wrote about this on his Twitter page, reports European Truth.

“We deeply regret the current decision of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque and we cannot understand this! Eliminating the status of a museum open to all cultures and religions is another step away from Europe!” The Austrian Foreign Minister said.

On Friday, July 10, the State Council of Turkey deprived Hagia Sophia in Istanbul of the status of a museum, in order to subsequently grant it the status of a mosque.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree that officially granted Hagia Sophia the status of a mosque.

Note that the St. Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul is a memorial of Byzantine architecture, which was erected in 532-537 years at the order of the emperor Justinian. After the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the cathedral was turned into a mosque.

In 1935, according to a decree of the Turkish government, the cathedral became a museum, and layers of plaster were cleaned from frescoes and mosaics. In 1985, the building was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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