Turkey’s highest administrative court has issued a ruling that paves the way for the government to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque.
The ruling annulled a 1934 government decree that turned the UNESCO Word Heritage Site, and Istanbul’s most iconic landmark, into a museum.
But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushed to restore its status as a mosque.
He said that international pressure to keep it a museum was a violation of Turkey’s national sovereignty.
The Russian Orthodox Church has called the move unacceptable.