But Deputy PM Arinc says he wants the hagia Sophia to be a mosque again.
The hagia Sophia reflects both its Christian and Muslim traditions.
A minority of Turks interviewed on the square in front of hagia Sophia agreed with Hur.
A conversion of the hagia Sophia into a mosque would have international implications.
Only when the hagia Sophia is a mosque again, it will feel truly sovereign.
“We look upon this poor hagia Sophia today,” he said during a speech near the building last month.
In an interesting Cretan sarcophagus from hagia Triada the life-giving power is tripled.