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
1-25 of 29654 signatures
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29654 2 days ago Robin Leonard CA As a museum, it is accessible on an emotional level to so many more people. Do not destroy this.
29653 3 days ago Paul Lang US End Islamic Extremism.
29652 4 days ago Anonymous US
29651 4 days ago Blake Ford US The conquest of Istanbul being a source of pride is the same as an American taking pride in the genocide of the Native Americans. It's not something to constantly celebrate, and it will simply isola...
29650 5 days ago Dmitry Zimin RU Это великий памятник, великой православной империи! Недопустимо конвертировать его в мечеть в столь неспокойное время в мировой истории.
29649 5 days ago John Gumbleton GB Hagia Sophia brings people together - converting to a mosque would divide!
29648 1 week ago haim kupershmidt IL
29647 1 week ago Amada Beltran MX
29646 1 week ago J. Kyriacou , US ”insult to the religious sensibilities of millions of Christians”
29645 1 week ago Anonymous , US
29644 1 week ago Phil Falekos , US
29643 1 week ago Milton Paidas , GR
29642 1 week ago Darwin Sator US Ataturk knew best. Turning Hagia Sophia back into a mosque is unnecessary and would be a hateful thing to do.
29641 1 week ago Monica Farid US
29640 1 week ago Josh Simmons US I would sort of like for the minarets to be taken down and the rest of the mosaics to be uncovered
29639 1 week ago Anonymous US
29638 1 week ago T M AF It will destroy Istanbul's economy if it becomes a mosque. Not only will it lose out on museum profits, it will further isolate Turkey and Istanbul from Europe and tourism. As a museum it can provid...
29637 2 weeks ago John Hollenburger US It would be an unforgivable cultural loss for this great building to cease functioning as a museum for people of the world.
29636 2 weeks ago Tania Voie GR
29635 2 weeks ago Anonymous DK
29634 2 weeks ago Anonymous GR
29633 2 weeks ago Anonymous CA
29632 3 weeks ago loai azar JO
29631 3 weeks ago Anonymous AU
29630 3 weeks ago Anonymous AU
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