Istanbul's Hagia Sophia granted prestigious Italian award

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Turkey's Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul has been granted Italy's prestigious Rotondi Award to the Saviors of Art for the restorations carried out in the museum.

In a written statement Tuesday, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism said the Hagia Sophia was presented with the Rotondi Award by the Arca dell’Arte Museum in a ceremony held in Sassocorvaro in central Italy on Sept. 25.

The statement said the Rotondi Award had been presented to individuals or institutions making contributions to cultural heritage every year since 1996.

"The award is presented in three different categories –Italy, Europe and the world. The 2010 Europe Award was presented to the museum’s director, Professor Haluk Dursun. The award has previously been presented to Uffizi Director Antonio Paolucci and Baghdad Archaeology Museum Director Nidal Amin," the statement said....

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