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Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

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Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Regular religious services have not been held there since 1934 when modern Turkey's founding president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk signed an order converting the building into a museum.

But a legal challenge claims the signature was forged.

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Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia UNESCO World Heritage Site in Istanbul, Turkey

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Founding father of the Turkish nation state


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