the Ministry of culture and tourism of Turkey and the office for religious Affairs of the country (Diane) signed a Protocol, according to which the Cathedral of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul will be protected as a world heritage site after converting it to a mosque. This was announced by the Minister of culture Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, RIA “Novosti”.
According to him, the restoration works in the temple will be accelerated. Foreign tourists can visit the Cathedral free of charge.
Chapter Dianita Ali Erbas noted that the Hagia Sophia is the heritage of all mankind, one of the best historical and cultural monuments. However, he hopes that the number of visitors to Sofia before the age of million.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree on conferring the status of a mosque the Cathedral, abolishing the relevant decision of the Turkish authorities, 1934.
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