Following the conversion of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople into a mosque, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo ։an signed an order to turn another Byzantine historic temple into a mosque.

The church known as Kariye and Saint Amenaprkich Church of Khori which had a status of a museum since 1945, will be reopened as a mosque after the renovation work is completed. Erdoոgan’s order was published in the government’s official newspaper. 

The decree states that following the decision of the Turkish State Council (Supreme Administrative Court) to invalidate the decision of the Council of Ministers to turn the Kariye Mosque into a museum in 1945, a decision was made to hand over the Kariye Mosque to the Department of Religious Affairs and open a mosque.

In 1945, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the Kariye Mosque was reopened as a museum after renovation.