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Turkish top court revokes Hagia Sophia’s museum status, ‘tourists should still be allowed in’

Turkey’s top court ruled that Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia’s conversion from a mosque to a museum in the 1930’s was “unlawful”, paving the way to a reconversion into a house of worship. It is a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a cathedral, before becoming a mosque and then a museum The UN’s cultural body UNESCO said it must be notified of any change in its status.