As far as I know (correct me if I am wrong), no country gave any official statement against those moves, although those cases made limited appearances in the international media.

Also, I noticed that a lot of foreign TV channels (Euronews, Reuters, Ruptly, CTGN, Sputnik, Vertizone TV) live-streamed the Friday prayer of Hagia Sophia.

So, why is Turkey's decision to turn the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque attracting so much attention around the world?

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The most obvious objective difference is that Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992. That event was discussed in international media at the time. Now it's old news, Hagia Sofia is not.

Another possible diffence is that Hagia Sofia is, in my experience, much more internationally famous. It is arguably as famous as the Taj Mahal. As far as I can tell the Babri Masjid, however important it may have been, was not a UNESCO world heritage site as these other two are. The UNESCO statement against Turkey's decision is just one angle that makes the story newsworthy.

So if something bad happened to the Taj Mahal and the international media were to ignore it, that would be very surprising. That is not the case here at all. If the question is meant to imply that the international media is biased against Muslims, that may or not be the case, but it is clearly not the reason Hagia Sofia is in the news.


Please study the history of the Hagia Sophia. It was original a Christian church, and the Orthodox Churches have voiced concerns about the recent events. In short: It's complicated.

Turkey is officially a secular country, so reversing the transformation into a museum by Atatürk can be seen as another step in converting Turkey into a Muslim state.

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    It was not just any Christian church. It was the center of the Orthodox branch from its inauguration in 537 until 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Ottomans. There had been major Christian churches on the site from 360 until 1453. Jul 12, 2020 at 16:41

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