Edit: in a move that has been developing for some time, Turkey is going to continue to become increasingly Islamic, while the rest of the West becomes more secular. Nature abhors a vacuum but no one is even seriously considering retaking Constantinople.
A Turkish court has revoked the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia's status as a museum, paving the way for it to be converted into a mosque as desired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The building was once a cathedral.
A top Turkish court ruled Friday that the 1934 conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful.
It canceled a 1934 cabinet decision and ruled that the UNESCO World Heritage site should be reopened to Muslim worship. The decision was in line with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calls to turn the site into a mosque despite international criticism. The United States and Orthodox Christian leaders are among those that have not approved of the decision.