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The President of the United States Donald trump met with Archbishop of America Orthodox Church of Constantinople Elpidoforos in the White house and discussed the transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque. It is reported by the Greek edition of AMNA.
It is noted that the American leader looked extremely annoyed because of the news about the Cathedral. He was indignant that the Turkish authorities violate the freedom of religious minorities in the country. “He declared himself a helper and supporter (…) Hellenism and stressed that they will immediately start the necessary procedures”, — stated in the message.
On 10 July the Turkish Council of State — Supreme administrative court — unanimously declared illegal and quashed the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of 1934, attributing to the Hagia Sophia, the status of the Museum. Before that, on June 5, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed his aides to conduct a study to prepare the Cathedral for the official conversion into a mosque. On 2 July the Supreme court of Turkey ruled that the status of a Cathedral may be changed by the decree of the President of the country.
Saint Sophia Cathedral was erected by order of Emperor Justinian in the VI century of our era. After the Turks captured Constantinople, he was made a mosque but in 1935 the founder of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, gave the Shrine the status of a Museum.
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