the History of Hagia Sophia – the centuries-old world drama series that not only includes, from the uniqueness of its “sailing dome” to the centuries among Christians unfading ideology of the “return of Constantinople” and the raising over the St. Sophia crosses. And even though the last change of its status – the transformation of Museum into a mosque and is under the laws international law the “internal Affairs” of Turkey, but the world can not escape from the understanding that we are talking about the object, as noted by historian Ivan Fadeev, “civilization scale”.

Yes and regret of the Orthodox patriarchs – the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and the Pope about the change of its status is also not a joke.

For Russia, Saint Sophia has a special meaning: having been in her service, the ambassadors of Prince Vladimir came to the fateful “to the expert opinion of 10th-century” – we don’t know where you were in heaven or on earth. “In Hagia Sophia came from Russia heathen heart felt the power of Christianity,” said the Professor of St. Tikhon Orthodox humanitarian University Vladislav parsley.

And here’s a huge regret of the Christian world has been rocked all event – the Saint Sophia transformed from a Museum into a mosque.

Why tonight? Why is the government of Recep Tayyip erdoğan decided to take such a step? According to head of the Department of Oriental languages of the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of Russia Aslambek Masleeva, this solution has its own reasons related to economic and political stories of life in modern Turkey. He drew attention to the growing crisis in Turkey, ranging from the need to pay this year, 170 billion ( in dollars) external debt increased to 17 percent unemployment, and ending with relations with opposition parties, whose representatives in the last election won a decisive victory and took the chair of the mayors of major cities, including Istanbul.

In this situation proved to be an important appeal to the religious consciousness, more ancient, in relation to all other types of consciousness, attempts to bring a new Foundation for the ideas of “neo-Ottomanism” and to impress the Muslim world.

Director of the Center for the study of modern Turkey, researcher of the Center for the study of the Middle East Institute of Oriental studies of Amur Hajiyev drew attention to the fact that in March 2019, Erdogan called the calls to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque provocative machinations. In Turkey no problem to build a new mosque, equal in size to the “4-5 Sophiam”.

According to Hajiyev, the Turkish authorities are trying to make this event demonstrative and pursue short-term political dividends, obviously losing in the medium scale.

At the same time, experts note, Thu�� Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO world heritage site and hope that the murals and all the Christian decorations of the Cathedral will be saved. The situation here is not simple, the status of the mosque does not allow images of the person, Though there is a fine example of the Spanish Alhambra, where these rules are, for example, bypassed.