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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30331 1 year ago jill fox , US This building belongs to the world and has been supported and cared for by the world. It is just wrong to take it away! The Turkish Republic was established as a secular state by Kemal Mustafa Atatu...
30330 1 year ago Anonymous IE Tradition is important. Return this building to it's original owners.
30329 1 year ago Joseph Sefchick , US Please return it to it's proper owners and open it up again as an Orthodox Cathedral.
30328 1 year ago Jenny Wade GB
30327 1 year ago Paula Locante , US
30326 1 year ago Daniel Lamanuzzi , US As a gesture of goodwill, this should be done as peacefully as possible. War is riddled with great losses and successes, and just like the Great Empires of the former United Kingdom, or France, or S
I think anyone with an internet connection knows that Mehmed conquered Constantinople and changed the name to Istanbul, and that fact should not be left out of the history books - in fact, it would make an even better story for our future generations when they know the full truth of the conquering, the conversion, and then the PEACEFUL return to TRULY set the example for our children that we no longer have to spill blood over the theological symbols that mean SO much to our individual religions.. that Muslims and Christians were able to settle this peacefully between themselves.

I know that Christians everywhere would involve themselves financially if it meant the physically safe return of the Hagia Sophia to a museum/Church - it is the former HEART of that ENTIRE religion!

Imagine if Christians/Jews had conquered or perhaps hypothetically someday WILL conquer Mecca and convert the area around their Qibla (what the pray to - their "Direction") into a CHURCH or a SYNAGOGUE, and then REFUSE to return it simply because it\'s "a symbol of the Conquest of Mecca"? I\'m assuming Muslims wouldn\'t dig on that too much, but this is the kind of pettiness of the human ego - an eye for an eye. Let\'s be peaceful, instead.

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30325 1 year ago Anonymous AU
30324 1 year ago Anonymous , DO 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 ...
30323 1 year ago Richard Mansfield , US If anything, return it to the church from which it was stolen!
30322 1 year ago Anonymous , AU
30321 1 year ago Lucian Popescu RO This would be a second rape of Hagia Sophia
30320 1 year ago Maksim Kruglov , US Please stop Turkey from converting Christian Temples into mosque
30319 2.1 years ago Lok Chi Pang HK The Hagia Sophia is a CHURCH and will always remain so in the hearts of all believers of the one and only true faith of Jesus Christ
30318 2.1 years ago Anonymous GB Return this ancient site back to the church to be a place of Christian worship.
30317 2.2 years ago Φωτεινή Καμπάνη , GR Dont stop
30316 2.2 years ago Anonymous , US This is the most important church in the world.
30315 2.4 years ago Hunter Granzin , US The Hagia Sophia was constructed as a cathedral, and should be restored as the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, but at least keep it as a museum bearing witness to its rich his...
30314 2.4 years ago Tessa Frazier , US This site should be open to admirers of all religions!!! It should be a museum. Please do not destroy the beautiful history captured in Hagia Sophia!
30313 2.4 years ago Michael Chua , US The Hagia Sophia should not be converted to a mosque! The Christians were the people that BUILT it and prayed for centuries. I would say to make it back to a Christian Church or just let it stay as ...
30312 2.5 years ago Aidan Marmion LT If it has to be converted to a place of worship then it should become a christian church.
30311 2.5 years ago Frédéric PORLIER FR
30310 2.6 years ago Anonymous , US
30309 2.7 years ago Anonymous , US
30308 2.8 years ago Andrew Stephanou AU
30307 2.8 years ago James Vogiatzakis AU I dare them to try, it will be like signing their own death warrant.
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