An Article by Oguz Alyanak and Alexandra Mateescu published at openDemocracy on December 3, 2013
Should Hagia Sophia become a mosque? Or should it become a church? Clearly, keeping it in its current form as a museum is a matter of contestation in Turkey and abroad. Hagia Sophia is Turkey’s most visited museum. In 2012 alone, over 3 million visitors walked through its doors, dropping in 70 million liras/35 million dollars. However, there are certain ideals that money cannot buy, and sanctifying this secular space is one of them.