Say NO to converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

There's a real movement in Turkey to convert the historic Hagia Sophia into a mosque. A commission in Turkish parliament is considering an application by citizens to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, a bill has been introduced in parliament to restore Hagia Sophia to a "symbol of the Conquest of Istanbul" and last November, Turkey's deputy prime minister promised that the building would be "smiling" again as a mosque soon.

This is unacceptable. 

Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica which served as the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. When the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque but was eventually opened as a museum on February 1, 1935.
Please sign this petition to send a message to UNESCO, which has declared Hagia Sophia part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that Hagia Sophia should remain open and accessible to all. 


This petition has a goal of 20000 signatures
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29722 1 day ago Jonatán Aguilar MX Please, do not, it's an awesome building. For the sake of art history let everyone admire it's beauty!
29721 1 day ago Elaine , US It should be a place of peace for people from different backgrounds, religions, philosophies to speak to one another.
But peace seems to mean something to different people. So perhaps peace as ...
29720 2 days ago caterina akou US Hagia Sophia was savagely taken from the Orthodox who built and cherished in for over 900 years!!
Turkey is an occupier of this sacred church and should return it to the Orthodox church for res...
29719 2 days ago Elton Zammit MT
29718 3 days ago Anonymous TR No! This saint place was Church for Christian many years ago. They biuld this. We turn this into mosque by fatih. It was history's wind. But now we are wiser and better. Aya Sofya must be museum and...
29717 4 days ago Eva Nekitopoulos Wild US As an historian, I see this as a continuation of the vandalism and noise pollution of these mosque conversions. I entered Hagia Sophia as a tourist in 1984 and an irrational rage bubbled to the sur...
29716 6 days ago Anonymous US Don't let them do this to one of the most beautiful churches in the world!
29715 7 days ago Dimitios Sampaziotis GR Free Hagia Sophia please.
29714 1 week ago Peta Stronach ZA
29713 1 week ago Lluvia Chaparro MX
29712 1 week ago KOKKINOU FROSO GR
29711 1 week ago Georgios GR
29710 1 week ago Eleni Begetis US
29709 1 week ago Irina Nurpeysova GB
29708 1 week ago Anonymous TR
29707 1 week ago Jack Lambert US
29706 1 week ago Anonymous GB
29705 2 weeks ago damien ficheux FX
29704 2 weeks ago Edward James IE
29703 2 weeks ago Michael Lowrey US This is a repudiation of everything modern and progressive in the history of modern Turkey. It would be a disgrace, an example of spitting on the graves of Kemal Ataturk and all the other founders o...
29702 2 weeks ago Erini Vasilakis US
29701 2 weeks ago Naomi Cowan-Barkley US While I do not live in Europe nor, therefore, Turkey, I am a human being with an interest in p[reserving history. The Hagia Sophia was a miracle of architecture and beauty in its day and should rema...
29700 2 weeks ago David Langdon CA
29699 2 weeks ago Moshe Feder US This would never have been a good idea, but it's particularly ill-timed right now, considering the inter-religious strife going on in the region. Please keep Hagia Sophia a museum, open to all.
29698 2 weeks ago Henry Hopwood-Phillips GB
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