Turkey Changes the Tourist Magnet Hagia Sophia From a Museum to a Mosque
An interior shot from the Hagia Sophia, or Ayasofya, which has had a history as a museum, a mosque, and a cathedral in Istanbul, Turkey. Pedro Szekely / Flickr
Skift Take: Officials still want Hagia Sophia to draw about four million tourists a year. But authorities may obscure some of the structure’s glorious mosaics and frescoes to comply with interpretations of Islam that ban the portrayal of people and animals.