Tell UNESCO to protect Hagia Sophia

Turkey's authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again stated his desire to turn the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hagia Sophia into a mosque. 

Currently, Hagia Sophia is a museum. As a World Heritage Site, it is open to all and appreciated for its stunning architecture and history, including its history as a Byzantine era basilica. But Erdogan is now again adding his voice to the movement to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, saying in a March interview that it was possible to "change its name from museum to Hagia Sophia Mosque."

The Greek government has responded:

"It is not only a great temple of Christendom — the largest for many centuries — it also belongs to humanity. It has been recognized by UNESCO as part of our global cultural heritage," Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos said.

This is just the latest in a series of attempts to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The Turkish government has already supported recent prayers at Hagia Sophia, and other government officials are on record as saying that the museum should be converted. 

Send a letter to UNESCO demanding that it issue a statement in support of Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The more attention we bring to this "creeping conversion" of Hagia Sophia, the more likely it will be that we will succeed in protecting and preserving this historic site. 

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3375 6 months ago Katerina Bakirtzi Thessaloniki, ot , GR Stop Turkish CRIMES
3374 7 months ago Buioc Maria Bucharest, ot , RO
3373 9 months ago Niko Dimitrakopoulos Stouffville, ON , CA
3372 9 months ago Elaine McDaniel Northville, MI , US
3371 9 months ago Elaine McDaniel Northville, MI , US Church should be finished
3370 11 months ago Heather Ryniker San Antonio , TX , US
3369 11 months ago Anonymous Spokane, WA , US
3368 11 months ago Anonymous Berlin, ot , DE
3367 11 months ago Anonymous boerne, TX , US
3366 12 months ago Anonymous Ioannina, GR
3365 12 months ago Elena Ene D-Vasilescu Oxford, GB
3364 1 year ago Maria Constantinidis Flushing, NY , US
3363 1 year ago Erophylia Castrissios Brisbane, ot , AU The Sacred Temple Of The Holy Wisdom Of God in Constantinople was originally built and used as a place of worship for Greek Orthodox Christian faithful and should be returned to its former glory by ...
3362 1 year ago Joanna Kufedjian Montreal, QC , CA
3361 1 year ago Marina Harlow Brooklyn, NY , US
3360 1 year ago Anonymous Harrisburg, PA , GR
3359 1 year ago Regina CHDOANOWICZ PARIS , ot , FR
3358 1 year ago Anonymous GR
3357 1 year ago Anonymous Skogås, ot , SE
3356 1 year ago Outi Piiroinen-Backman TUUSULA, ot , FI Due to its history Hagia Sofia should and must be open to all people, who want to visit it!!!
3355 1 year ago Andrew Miledonis Syracuse, NY , US
3354 1 year ago Fotini Kollias Allen park, MI , US
3353 1 year ago Axel SAVARY Arras, IL , FX Because it is one of our heritage from the past, we must protect it.
3352 1 year ago Kevin Walthall BREMERTON, WA , US
3351 1 year ago Joshua Zeimet Fort Wayne, IN , US Please help protect the Hagia Sophia. In addition to being of deep spiritual, cultural, and emotional importance to the Orthodox faith, it is also a crucial window into a specific period of history....
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