A Turkish court opened the way on Friday for Hagia Sophia to be restored as a mosque, threatening to set off an international furor around a World Heritage site cherished by Christians and Muslims alike for its religious significance, stunning structure and as a symbol of conquest.
Turkish court clears way for Hagia Sophia to be used as mosque again
Greece is set to open its first underwater museum next month, showcasing the wealth of marine life and a historic wreck off the coast of the western Aegean Islands of Alonissos.
Greece to open its first underwater museum in Alonissos
Iranian short film, ‘Mountain,’ is shortlisted to attend the YVE International Film Festival in China on July 27.
Chinese festival to screen Iran’s ‘Mountain’
A number of artifacts and antiquities belonging to Iran, which were smuggled to Austria, were returned to Iran’s representative in Austria during a judicial assistance between the two countries.
Austria repatriates smuggled Iranian antiques
About 40 volunteers worked under the expert supervision of archeologists in the past days in Nová Baňa, a small town in the west of central Slovakia, to reveal the bases of a unique Potter atmospheric steam engine, the first of its kind on the European Continent.
Archeological finding in Slovakia reveals unique mining engine
According to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) latest quarterly report “European Tourism: Trends & Prospects”, the global health crisis has left the tourism sector in Europe facing a crisis like no other, with heightened uncertainty surrounding its recovery.
Domestic, short haul travel crucial for European tourism
A senior Iranian cultural official in a meeting with the chancellor of Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon, discussed strengthening of academic cooperation including exchange of professors and students and setting up Persian language course.
Persian language course to be created in Lebanese university
Britain’s readers have been emerging from lockdown to restock their bookshelves, with book sales – and particularly crime novels – booming in the three weeks since booksellers were allowed to open their doors.
Crime fiction boom as book sales rocket past 2019 levels
An ancient site with Persian architecture dating back to the Safavid Era was discovered in the city of Aligudarz, in Iran’s western province of Lorestan, said the director-general of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Lorestan Province.
Safavid ancient site unearthed in western Iran
Unlike other museums thumped by the coronavirus pandemic, the Rodin Museum in Paris might have an ace up its sleeve to help see it through the crisis: It can sell limited-edition versions of the French sculptor’s masterpieces.
Rodin Museum in Paris sells bronzes to make up for crippling shutdown

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