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. 

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29562 6 hours ago Cody Walden US Should be turned back into a church
29561 1 day ago Anonymous CA I hope to be able to visit this museum someday.
29560 2 days ago Aleksandra Stanek PL
29559 3 days ago Anonymous AU
29558 3 days ago Tony Laverick GB Turkey eradicated Christianity in its eastern provinces and now intends to implement the final solution in the west.
29557 4 days ago Margarita Vrettos , US
29556 4 days ago Miguel Bernardino PT
29555 5 days ago Iosa Stitt GB Hagia Sofhia should be preserved as a museum to remind the world of the destructive influence of religion on mankind.
29554 5 days ago George Constantinou , US
29553 5 days ago Jonathan Foster , US
29552 5 days ago Jonathan Foster , US I have just visited these grand embodiment of Roman, Christian, Muslum culture and was thrilled...it needs to remain open to all as an international culture icon..
29551 6 days ago Anonymous CA
29550 6 days ago Dominique BARON FR
29549 7 days ago Frank Staab DE
29548 1 week ago nur nirven , TR
29547 1 week ago Anonymous JP Keep Hagia Sophia open to all. Keep sharing the beauty and richness of the heritage with the World.
29546 1 week ago habib yousefpour IR
29545 1 week ago Robert Hutchcroft US I have visited the beautiful city of Istanbul. There is another mosque close by so why this change? It would be a shame to limit visitation and it is now a major tourist attraction. Please, no chan...
29544 1 week ago Katherine Gross US
29543 1 week ago Anna Veis AU No. deputy prime minister, Hagia Sophia will only smile when she is restored back as the Orthodox patriarchal basilica
29542 1 week ago TJ Nystrom CA I ask that this at least be left as a museum for all to enjoy and appreciate. It's history is to be shared and taught to future generations. Please consider wisely.
29541 1 week ago Anonymous GR
29540 2 weeks ago Luc BAEYENS BE
29539 2 weeks ago Gabriele Valdevit IT This should remain a Christian place, and should return to the Orthodox Christians of the world.
29538 2 weeks ago Anonymous US
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