This info-pack aims to present a brief history of the Hagia Sophia, the judicial processes that resulted in its reconversion, the international reactions to its status change and Turkey’s response to these reactions.
On July 10, 2020, Turkey’s top administrative court, the Council of State, cancelled a 1934 government decree that had transformed the Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum, paving the way for the opening of the iconic building for worship after 85 years. This info-pack aims to present a brief history of the Hagia Sophia. It focuses on its transformations over time. It will also outline the judicial processes that finally resulted in the reconversion decision. The info-pack will also present international reactions to the change in the Hagia Sophia’s status and Turkey’s response to these reactions.Download The Info Pack