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Erdogan: Istanbul's Hagia Sophia could be turned into a mosque



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Istanbul's Hagia Sophia – a Byzantine-era cathedral that was turned into a mosque and now serves as a museum – could be reconverted into a mosque.

The former Byzantine cathedral was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453. Turkey's secular founder turned the structure into a museum in 1935 that attracts millions of tourists each year.

There have been increasing calls for the government to convert the symbolic structure back into a mosque, especially following reports that the gunman who killed Muslim worshipers in New Zealand left a manifesto saying Hagia Sophia would be "free of minarets . "


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