Hagia Sophia used to operate as a museum and any changes to that status is understood to negatively impact its UNESCO standing.
The conversion violates the rights of Orthodox Greeks living in the country.
This was intended to pave the way for converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque, which indeed occurred this past July
The Chora Church, located in Istanbul, is considered second in renown compared to the Hagia Sophia.
Trabzon’s Hagia Sophia is smaller than its Istanbul namesake, but shares a similar history. It is a conserved Byzantine church.
A cathedral once the centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity has seen its identity changed yet again..
July 24, was declared a “Day of Mourning” as the former Byzantine cathedral opened for formal Islamic Friday prayers this day
Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum in 1934.
Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered by curtains or lasers during times of Muslim prayer, Erdogan's spokesman said