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Turkish court rules Hagia Sophia can be turned into a mosque

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Turkish court rules Hagia Sophia can be turned into a mosque

Turkish court rules Hagia Sophia can be turned into a mosqueTurkey’s highest administrative court on Friday issued a ruling that paves the way for the government to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia — a former cathedral-turned-mosque that now serves as a museum — back into a Muslim house of worship. The Council of State threw its weight behind a petition brought by a religious group and annulled a 1934 cabinet decision that turned the 6th-century building into a museum. Dozens of people who awaited the court’s ruling outside the Hagia Sophia jubilantly chanted “Allah is great!” when the news came out.