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During the 8th and 9th centuries there was a period of iconoclasm, which resulted in the destruction of idols, mosaics and other figurative works of art. Debate around the veneration or worship of images became matched up with equal disdain for worshiping images; those who supported the iconoclasm believed that the viewer was misguided by worshiping an image rather than what the image represents.
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Since, the secular revolution in 1935, led by Kemal Attaturk, the Hagia Sophia has been commemorated as a museum, open to the public, but not for worship. Does worship still play a role in the present form and function of the Hagia Sophia? Explain your position thoughtfully.
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