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A top Turkish court on Friday struck down the 1934 Cabinet decree that turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a mosque after an 85-year hiatus.
Axar.az reports citing Turkish media.
An NGO in Istanbul, the Permanent Foundations Service to Historical Artifacts and Environment Association, had filed a petition at the Council of State seeking annulment of the decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a museum after being a mosque for nearly 500 years.
The court heard the parties’ arguments at a July 2 hearing before issuing its ruling.
According to the court’s full ruling, Hagia Sophia was owned by a foundation established by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror and was presented to the community as a mosque.
The decision said that in its title deed, Hagia Sophia was defined as a “mosque” and this cannot be legally changed.
2020.07.10 / 21:34