The controversy behind Turkey's move to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, explained
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Built during the Byzantine empire, the Hagia Sophia was at the heart of Christendom for some 900 years before being converted to a mosque during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.
Now, Turkey’s current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is pushing to have it reverted to a place of worship in a move that has triggered outrage around the globe.
To understand the controversy, we need to go back to its origins in the sixth century.
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