The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree ordering Hagia Sophia to be opened for Muslim prayers.
The presidential decree came minutes after a Turkish court announced that it had revoked Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum.
Hagia Sophia founded 1,500 years ago as a cathedral. It stands as the greatest example of Byzantine Christian architecture in the world. In 1934 it became a museum.
Erdogan shared on his Twitter feed a copy of the decree he had signed which said the decision had been taken to hand control of the Ayasofya Mosque.