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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3343 52 minutes ago Anonymous Brisbane Qld, ot , AU Keep Agia Sofia and have Her restored to Her Former Glory, with all Her Icons, and the Walls restored!!!! Only then will I visit to see this Glorious Church.
3342 12 hours ago B Basman Chessington, GB
3341 1 day ago Попков Виталий Irkutsk, RU
3340 2 days ago Anita Lambieva-Mihaylov Grosse Pointe, MI , US
3339 2 days ago Isidor Siskos Middletown , CT , US
3338 3 days ago Daniel Rusev South Dennis, MA , US
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3327 4 days ago Bistra Stefanova Plovdiv, BG
3326 4 days ago Nikolay Mladenov Phoenix, AZ , US
3325 4 days ago Katrin Tcherneva Astoria, NY , US As an orthodox Christian I want Hagia Sophia to be open for cervices! It’s the heart of the orthodoxy!
3324 4 days ago Nadezhda Dobreva Ann Arbor, MI , US
3323 4 days ago Alex Panev Detroit , MI , US
3322 4 days ago Laura Deason Murfreesboro, TN , US
3321 4 days ago Anonymous Dimitrovgrad, ot , BG
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