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Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque will harm Christian-Muslim trust, hit tourism & turn West against Erdogan

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Turkey’s decision to convert the famed Hagia Sophia – the nation’s most-visited tourist site – into a mosque has brought Islamist ideology to the doorstep of Europe in one chilling decree.

The former Orthodox Christian cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, attracted more than 3.7 million visitors last year. But those numbers will plummet from now on, as tourists steer clear of what will be an active mosque, with most preferring a little less controversy when looking to immerse the family in a foreign culture.

Not only will visitors from abroad be puzzled by the move, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push to annul the site’s museum status has not gone down well in neighboring Athens, or even in the USA, for that matter, where Secretary of State Mike Pompeo advised against going ahead with the ill-considered plan.

Lina Mendoni, Culture Minister for Greece, home to millions of Orthodox Church........

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