The residents of Mi’ilya long wondered what archaeological treasures lay beneath a crumbling castle. Now, some are excavating their homes to find out.
The Muslim faithful celebrated the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, even as it generated dismay among Christians and architectural conservators.
Changing the secular space back into a religious one is a risk for the World Heritage site.
The decision to revoke its 80-year-old status as a museum would allow it to become a place of worship but is likely to provoke an international furor.
The World Heritage site was once a potent symbol of Christian-Muslim rivalry, and it could become one once more.