Ataturk was wise to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum

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By Alper Ali Riza

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was a Christian cathedral that became a Muslim mosque that became a museum. Modern Turkey sits at a crossroads between Asia and Europe where other civilisations have been and gone and left their mark in monuments and ancient ruins and Kemal Ataturk was acutely aware of this aspect of Turkish identity when he established modern Turkey after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Ataturk did not just succeed a defeated sultan politically when he set up the Turkish Republic in 1923, he also abolished the...


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Ataturk was wise to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum


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