UNESCO puts brakes on Erdogan - Hagia Sophia can't be mosque
Changing Istanbul-based Hagia Sophia's World Heritage Site status would require approval by UNESCO.Source: Tanjug
The Greek website ekathimerini.com is reporting this, citing unnamed sources with the UN organization.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again suggested turning Hagia Sophia, originally a Byzantine Christian cathedral, into a mosque - after making a proposal on Sunday, which "triggering a reaction from Athens."
Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century and was the main seat of the Greek Orthodox Church before it was turned into a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453.
The site became a museum after the formation of modern secular Turkey in 1923, the report said.