Turkey’s history is riddled with examples of converting churches into mosques or transforming them into tourism sites.
In June, President Trump signed an executive order that makes international religious freedom a priority in U.S foreign policy.
Hagia Sophia used to operate as a museum and any changes to that status is understood to negatively impact its UNESCO standing.
The mayor of the town of Décines reported that the French army would protect the monument from now on.
The area of today's Turkey used to be inhabited mailnly by Christian populations such as Greeks, Assyrians, and Armenians.
Armenian Christians are the first victims of this new wave of violence in the Caucasus.
The escalation of violence is a result of the weak reaction of the international community to the "Four Day War" of 2016.
Representatives of the Greek army were present for the consecration of the cross, which enraged the Turks.
The Chora Church, located in Istanbul, is considered second in renown compared to the Hagia Sophia.