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People walk towards the now closed Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formally reconverted Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum. The decision sparked deep dismay among Orthodox Christians.

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Visitors walk in the premises of Qutub Minar after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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Monsoon clouds hover over the National War Memorial, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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View of India Gate as dark clouds hover in the sky, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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Monsoon clouds hover over the Jantar Mantar, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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A visitor at the Old Currency building after its reopening for visitors, during Unlock 2.0, in Kolkata.

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Preparations underway for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort on the first day of its reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, in Old Delhi. The monument was shut for over three months owing to COVID-19 pandemic.

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A man walks in the premises of Qutub Minar after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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Security personnel patrol the premises of Qutub Minar after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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A young girl takes a selfie at Humayun’s Tomb after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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Visitors at Old Fort, after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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Visitors walk in the premises of Humayun’s Tomb after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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A visitor scans a QR code to book tickets at Old Fort, after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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A view of Safdarjung Tomb after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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A man takes pictures outside the closed Red Fort, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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Visitors get a selfie clicked at Humayun’s Tomb after it re-opened for public, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi.

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A view of the historic Taj Mahal in Agra. The Agra district administration has decided not to reopen the Taj Mahal for visitors amid concern over rising COVID-19 cases in the city, despite the government's decision to reopen monuments from July 6.

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A view of Taj Mahal during Unlock 2.0, in Agra.

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A worker prepares to sanitize Humayun Tomb premises, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi. The tomb will reopen from tomorrow for tourists.

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A view of Safdarjung Tomb, during Unlock 2.0, in New Delhi. The tomb will reopen from tomorrow for tourists.

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People queue up prior to visit the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. The Eiffel Tower reopens after the coronavirus pandemic led to the iconic Paris landmark's longest closure since World War II.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Victory Park, a monument dedicated to Russia's victory in World War II, in Moscow.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Victory Park, a monument dedicated to Russia's victory in World War II, in Moscow.

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A man pedals his bicycle on a road amid rains during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist

Statues wear masks along Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Devouts pray after announcement of the holy month of Ramzan, during second phase of lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Hyderabad.

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A deserted view of the India Gate during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi.

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A man wears a mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as he walks along the Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A security guard arranges the candles lit by ASI at Humayun Tomb on World Heritage Day and in solidarity with health workers during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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An illuminated view of Red Fort after ASI members lit earthen lamps on World Heritage Day and in solidarity with health workers during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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A man walks on a deserted street in the backdrop of illuminated BMC headquarters on World Heritage Day, during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai.

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An illuminated view of Qutub Minar after ASI members lit earthen lamps and made a formation on World Heritage Day and in solidarity with health workers during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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A view of Victoria Memorial on World Heritage Day during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata.

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People stand in a queue to collect free food near Shish Ganj Gurudwara during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Chandni Chowk, in New Delhi.

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Farmers harvest wheat crops during the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, in Agra.

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Deserted look of Victoria Memorial in Kolkata during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

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A man pedals in front of an empty area outside Rome's ancient Colosseum due to measures avoiding public gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Humayun’s Tomb is seen in the backdrop of a clear-blue sky during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, in New Delhi.

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Victoria Memorial wears a deserted look, during day-3 of a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata.

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Rajpath, India's ceremonial boulevard is seen during a lockdown to control the new virus spread, in New Delhi.

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A view of deserted Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra mosque in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Ajmer. The virus has infected more than 2,00,000 people worldwide and killed over 10,000.

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A deserted view of historical Amer Fort after it was closed for visitors in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, in Jaipur.

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A deserted view of Raj Ghat in the wake of deadly coronavirus, in New Delhi. As part of preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic, Raj Ghat has been closed till March 31, 2020.

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A deserted view of Jantar Mantar after it was closed in the wake of deadly coronavirus, in Jaipur.

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Security personnel wear mask in the wake of deadly coronavirus as they stand guard at India Gate, in New Delhi. All ASI-protected monuments and central museums across the country will be shut till March 31 in view of the threat of coronavirus.

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A police officer walks in the empty Trocadero square, in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said that for 15 days starting at noon on Tuesday, people will be allowed to leave the place they live only for necessary activities such as shopping for food, going to work or taking a walk.

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A security guard stands guard at the entrance gate of Safdarjung Tomb in New Delhi. All monuments are closed temporarily as a protective measure against coronavirus.

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A security guard sets up a notice on closing of Charminar due to the coronavirus outbreak, at its entrance gate, in Hyderabad.

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A couple walks close together among a light crowd as the Lincoln Memorial is reflected in the mostly drained reflection pool, in Washington.

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Tourists wear protective masks in view of coronavirus pandemic at Gateway of India in Mumbai.

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Tourists wearing masks to prevent contamination of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at India Gate in New Delhi.

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The Washington Monument and a drained Reflecting Pool are visible as woman poses for a photograph at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. The National Mall, usually busy with tourists, remains lightly visited amid concerns over the coronavirus.

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An employee working at a restaurant waits for customers near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra. The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic has affected the tourism industry in Agra.

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A screen announces the closure of the Eiffel Tower after the French government banned all gatherings of over 100 people to limit the spread of the virus COVID-19, in Paris.

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A view of the Colosseum, in Rome. With the coronavirus emergency deepening in Europe, Italy, a focal point in the contagion, risks falling back into recession as foreign tourists are spooked from visiting its cultural treasures and the global market shrinks for prized artisanal products, from fashion to design.

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Security personnel from the US along with CISF and ASI personnel visit the historic Taj Mahal for inspection ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, in Agra.

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A light show illuminates the Eiffel Tower to mark Valentine's Day, in Paris. Valentine's Day is observed on February 14 each year as a special day to celebrate love and romance.

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Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro and his daughters pose for photographs in front of the historic Taj Mahal, in Agra.

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Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro and his daughter pose for photographs in front of the historic Taj Mahal, in Agra.

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Workers clean the fountain at Taj Mahal in Agra.

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A screen announces the closure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on the 13th straight day of traffic headaches. Teachers, doctors, lawyers and workers at the Eiffel Tower _ people from across the French workforce walked of the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, or to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle.

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Tourists walk past replicas for sale of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris.

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A hundred activists hold portraits of President Emmanuel Macron upside down to urge France to take action during the U.N. COP 25 climate talks in Madrid, during a gathering at Place du Trocadero facing the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Environmental activists around France have removed President Emmanuel Macron's official portrait from town halls around the country in an unusual protest movement aimed at pushing him to do more to slow climate change.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) deployed near Charminar on the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, in Hyderabad.

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A woman walks her dog on the empty Champs Elysees avenue, with the Arc de Triomphe in background, in Paris.

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A woman walks past the closed Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Eiffel Tower shut down, France's vaunted high-speed trains stood still and teachers walked off the job as unions launched nationwide strikes and protests over the government's plan to overhaul the retirement system.

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The ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill is lit blue during a rehearsal, in Athens. The Acropolis will be lit blue on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for UNICEF's World Children's Day celebrations.

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A view of India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi. Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities dropped marginally on Saturday, a day after the region recorded its worst air quality forcing authorities to shut schools, ban all construction activities and declare a public health emergency.

PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist

In this undated photo, a view of the Black & Gold Room in a building of the centuries-old Baganbati, Chakdighi estate in Burdwan in West Bengal.

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A view of Safdarjung Tomb lit up by LED lighting, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Illuminated 12th century historic Qutub Minar, after installation of ‘architectural lights’ to the iconic landmark, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Illuminated 12th century historic Qutub Minar, after installation of ‘architectural lights’ to the iconic landmark, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Illuminated 12th century historic Qutub Minar, after installation of ‘architectural lights’ to the iconic landmark, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Illuminated 12th century historic Qutub Minar, after installation of ‘architectural lights’ to the iconic landmark, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

A view of Humayun’s Tomb lit up by LED lighting, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

A view of Humayun’s Tomb lit up by LED lighting, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima pose in front of Gateway of India themed with Dutch display, in Mumbai.

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Illuminated 12th century historic Qutub Minar, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

A view of Humayun’s Tomb lit up by LED lighting, in New Delhi.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

The entrance to Safdarjung’s tomb

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Workers cleaning up the world heritage site monuments ahead of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping next week.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami along with his deputy O Panneerselvam and other officials inspect the Mamallapuram heritage site, as part of the preparations for the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram.

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The White House is illuminated pink in Washington in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Washington Monument is seen in the distance.

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Models wear creations as part of the Saint Laurent Ready To Wear Spring-Summer 2020 collection, unveiled during the fashion week, in Paris.

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A view of the illuminated Safdarjung Tomb with its newly built fountain, in New Delhi.

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Illuminated 12th century historic Qutub Minar, after installation of ‘architectural lights’ to the iconic landmark, in New Delhi

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Photographers, who work at the Taj Mahal complex, pose as they click pictures of the monument on World Photography Day, in Agra.

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A cyclist pedals through rain in the Walled City area of Jaipur.

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A JCB removes the floor of the iconic MozamJahi Market as a part of the renovation, restoration and beautification of the monument, in Hyderabad.

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Fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Bastille Day celebrations. Bastille Day marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille prison by angry Paris crowds that helped spark the French Revolution.

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Fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Bastille Day celebrations. Bastille Day marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille prison by angry Paris crowds that helped spark the French Revolution.

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Tourists enjoy their day out at historic Red Fort in New Delhi.

Photo by Rishi Prabhakar

Dark rain clouds are seen over India Gate in New Delhi.

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Youngsters cool off at the Trocadero public fountain in Paris. High temperatures are expected to go up to 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in the Paris area later this week and bake much of the country, from the Pyrenees in the southwest to the German border in the northeast.

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Tourists visit Jallianwala Bagh that has been partially closed for renovation work, in Amritsar.

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People gather at India Gate as the weather turns cloudy giving some respite from the scorching sun, in New Delhi.

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People gather near the illuminated India Gate in New Delhi.

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People gather near the illuminated India Gate in New Delhi.

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A rescue worker, top in red, hangs from the Eiffel Tower while a climber is seen below him between two iron columns in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it.

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A light show illuminates the Eiffel Tower for its 130 year anniversary, in Paris. Paris is wishing the Eiffel Tower a happy birthday with an elaborate laser show retracing the monument's 130-year history.

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