How the Hagia Sophia became Turkey’s latest political battleground | DW News

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul’s world-famous tourist site into a mosque. He is trying to score points with Turkish voters, but his plans have encountered considerable resistance.

The Hagia Sophia is the symbol of Istanbul and Turkey’s most popular tourist attraction. Every year, millions of visitors take in its gigantic brick dome and elaborate frescoes, which have…..(read more)