"Turkey decided to change the status of Hagia Sophia from the museum to the mosque, based on the desire and will of the people," Erdogan emphasized.
He noted that other countries cannot influence this decision.
According to the Turkish leader, criticism of Ankara on this issue comes from those states that are not able to fight Islamophobia on their territory.
On July 10, it was reported that the Turkish State Council canceled the decision of the Turkish government to assign the status of a museum to Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in order to be able to assign it to the status of a mosque. On the same day, a Turkish court authorized the construction of a Muslim mosque from Hagia Sophia, which has been in museum status for the past 85 years.
Hagia Sophia has a very unusual story - together with Istanbul, he passed from one state to another and became a temple for two different religions.
The cathedral is a popular tourist attraction in Turkey and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.