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 29586 signatures
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29586 22 hours ago Anonymous US
29585 23 hours ago Anonymous US
29584 1 day ago lisa gross US
29583 1 day ago Marlene Lundberg US As a museum, Hagia Sophia stands as a record of the great religions that have used it as a place of worship and have created its architecture and interior design. More than
ever in the history ...
29582 1 day ago Julianna Pappas US
29581 4 days ago Jafet Ismaeyul DK
29580 5 days ago Vesna Rizova SP This is unacceptable.
29579 6 days ago Sophia Zivontsis CA This would be an absoltue atrosity. It should only remain as a museum.
29578 1 week ago Marina Vlahos CA this is a piece of history that the Turks stole and they should not be allowed to alter ANY part of it!
29577 1 week ago Michael Penzikis AU
29576 1 week ago Marc Wilkinson GB I urge you to allow Hagia Sophia to remain a museum and to be open and accessible to all. If people would also like use it as a religious building, I would urge the authorities to allow it be used a...
29575 1 week ago Karolina Jarmuszkiewicz IE
29574 1 week ago Frances Middleton , US I urge you to allow The Hagia Sophia remain as a museum, without the religious constraints of a mosque. It is a peaceful place, open to all as "the wisdom of God" is to all who seek it; its functio...
29573 1 week ago Michele Brambilla IT Haghia Sophia is a church.
29572 1 week ago Tim Raggatt GB
29571 1 week ago Victoria Garcia US
29570 1 week ago David Young US The Hagia Sophia should remain a museum. Converting it into a mosque will only inflame tensions between Christians and Muslims in Turkey. Alternatively, it could be a prayer space for both Muslims...
29569 1 week ago andreas livanos GR hagia sophia was built from the byzantine people not from the ottoman muslim . hagia sophia was a christian orthodox church and there was kild 2.000 byzantine people when ottoman took konstantinople
29568 2 weeks ago Beatrice De Vis BE
29567 2 weeks ago Dominique BARON FR Hagia Sophia is a museum and has to stay as is
29566 2 weeks ago Anonymous US This beautiful and holy place should be returned to the Orthodox faith where it belong.
29565 2 weeks ago Anonymous US it was built as a Greek Orthodox Cathedral and should remain the same. I was there to see it in person and it's beautiful and something the Greeks are proud!I understand they want to use it as a fl...
29564 3 weeks ago Theo Poulos , US Hagia Sofia should be given back to the Patriarchate of Constantinople and function again as an Orthodox Basilica.
29563 3 weeks ago Anonymous GB
29562 3 weeks ago Cody Walden US Should be turned back into a church
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