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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30283 3 days ago Alan Fennell ZA
30282 6 days ago Frederic Beaugeard FR
30281 1 month ago Kristine Pettersson , SE Agni Parthene
30280 1 month ago Anonymous , US
30279 2 months ago Mark Mikhael AU A christian cathedral for Gods people. All welcome so long as they respect their host and its history as a Church.
30278 3 months ago Scott Fickes , US The world is entitled to knowing it's history. Future generations have a right to know solidarity and equality. To be fair if the Hagia Sophia were to become a Mosque then maybe Turkey should erect ...
30277 3 months ago Jessica Spencer , US
30276 4 months ago Rachel Nowakowski GB Should definitely remain a museum open to all. It has a had a glorious mixed history and no single religious group should lay claim to it.
30275 4 months ago Kyrini yasin , GR It should remain a sacred place out of respect to another religion as we respected their holly places they should respect ours !!
30274 4 months ago Dr. Arundhati Chandini Arjun IN This is unacceptable and must be stopped at all costs.
30273 4 months ago Anonymous , US
30272 4 months ago Anonymous NO Stop Erdogan in using Hagia Sofia as a propaganda tool in his islamopolitical strife for more power.
30271 4 months ago Andreas Demetriou CY
30270 4 months ago Marine Johanson , US
30269 4 months ago Anonymous , US
30268 4 months ago Sue Robbins , US
30267 4 months ago Sue Robbins , US
30266 4 months ago Hanita Raz , US
30265 4 months ago daniele della penna , IT It was first a Church. And that must be considered in first place. Nothwithstanding any change done after. So let it at least a quiet place to consider history and to refresh souls.
30264 4 months ago Anonymous , US Please protect this historical site making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
30263 4 months ago Siv-Ingvild Thirud , NO It is the last remaining heritage of the christian culture and faith. If that disappeared, Turkey will be much poorer for the loss!
30262 4 months ago Anonymous AU
30261 4 months ago Ivo Martorano BR
30260 5 months ago DIARMUID COLLINS , GB A Church for almost a Thousand years!! These Christian 'roots' must be maintained. Holy Scripture is Truth & Revelation, not the Koran, sadly.
30259 5 months ago Anonymous GB
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