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 29515 signatures
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29515 12 hours ago asiminai ganassouli GR
29514 2 days ago Geraldine Baker US This cathedral and mosque should remain a UNESCO World Heritage Site for all to enjoy and marvel at. I urge you to honor both traditions by keeping this monument to The Creator open to the public.
29513 2 days ago Gina Surerus US My family and I had the privilege of visiting the Hagia Sofia about 10 years ago. It was a magical and informative, cross cultural visit and we would urge UNESCO to maintain its status as a World He...
29512 2 days ago peter panayi GB
29511 5 days ago Anonymous GR Hagia Sophia is a precious and magnificent monument that shows how great Orthodox Christianism is. It reveals that love in God can make people do great things of superb beauty. Making it a mosque is...
29510 5 days ago Maria Casalengo AU
29509 6 days ago James Popkie CA Hagia Sofia is an Orthodox Cathedral that should be kept as a museum for all to enjoy.
29508 6 days ago Eduardo Reyes US
29507 6 days ago Carlos Gomez US XP
29506 7 days ago Philip US
29505 7 days ago Anonymous IT
29504 1 week ago marcin Jarzebski PL
29503 1 week ago Lorenzo Arroyo Plaza , ES
29502 1 week ago Anonymous US Had the pleasure to visit this and other magnificent cultural sites in Turkey in 2005. I hope Hagia Sophia will remain intact and open to the world's public and not be changed for political reasons....
29501 1 week ago Jesse Slavens US
29500 1 week ago john witte US
29499 1 week ago Anonymous US Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) should be converted back to an Orthodox Christian Cathedral, not returned to those who only see it as a symbol of conquest! How disrespectful, to say the least.
29498 1 week ago Doyle Odom US I say take it a step further. Why shouldn't the Greek Orthodox be able to worship in their ancient basilica?
29497 1 week ago Marios Novakopoulos GR Haghia Sophia and all byzantine churches and monuments should be protected. The Turks must aknowledge that before their arrival thera was an ancient civilization there that flourished.
29496 1 week ago Stefani Bogdanovic SP Turning it into a mosque would be erasing history and heritage!!! A couple of hundred years from now, people will not even know it was ever an Orthodox basilica! Maybe history will teach people ther...
29495 1 week ago Anonymous GR
29494 1 week ago Luis Mateus PT
29493 1 week ago Marika Andruskevica LV
29491 1 week ago Anonymous US
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