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Today is another dark day in Turkish history. The Turkish Council of State has annulled Hagia Sophia's museum status. As BBC's Orla Guerin notes, "Making changes at Hagia Sophia is profoundly symbolic. It was Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, who decreed that it should be a museum. ... Erdogan is now taking one more step to dismantle Atatürk's secular legacy, and remould Turkey according to his [own] vision. The Turkish leader - who presents himself as a modern day conqueror..." To me, it is little comfort that the presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey would preserve the Christian icons in the building. This decision is signalling the end of Atatürk's heritage of secularity in my homeland. That is what makes me sad.

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Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D300S
Software: Ver.1.01
Exposure Time: 1/800
F-Stop: f/14.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 11 mm
Date Taken: 2018-07-21 07:56
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