Future in question for the Hagia Sophia

Over the centuries, Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia has been a Byzantine church, a mosque, a Catholic church and a museum, but changing politics may take a toll on the glorious 6th century edifice. Stuart Williams of Art Daily has the story. (photo)

Williams writes, "Its status as a secular museum open to all allows believers of all faiths to enjoy its astonishing architecture. But periodic calls in the last years for it to serve again as a mosque have caused anger among Christians."

Hagia Sophia, as a museum, draws millions of visitors each year of all faiths. Critics of the mosque plan believe many tourists would be closed out of experiencing the magnificence of the structure.