World Turkey will inform UNESCO about Hagia Sophia moves, minister says
Turkey's Erdogan rejects criticism over status of Hagia Sophia
Turkey's Erdogan rejects criticism over status of Hagia SophiaErdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a building at the heart of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and today one of Turkey's most visited monuments.
Reclaiming Hagia Sophia plays well with his base - religious conservatives - and with Turkish nationalists. Critics say he's using the issue to The organisation had urged Turkey not to change its status without discussion. Image copyright Getty Images. Image caption The Hagia Sophia has huge
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also condemned the move , not just for the damage it would do to relations between Greece and Turkey , but Ankara's relations with "the European Union, UNESCO and the world community". The transformation of the Hagia Sophia dominated the headlines in Greek
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will inform the United Nation's cultural body UNESCO about steps being taken regarding Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, after Ankara converted the museum back into a mosque.
On Friday, a Turkish court ruled that the sixth-century building's conversion to a museum was unlawful and President Tayyip Erdogan declared that it is now a mosque. Cavusoglu was speaking in an interview with state broadcaster TRT Haber.
UNESCO said on Friday it would review the status of the monument as a World Heritage Site following Erdogan's enouncement. Hagia Sophia was a Byzantine church for nine centuries before the Ottomans converted it to a mosque.
(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans)
Turkey’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque strikes fears for other holy sites .
Religious and political leaders are decrying Turkey's decision to make Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, known for its Christian origin and as the secular Muslim nation's most popular tourist site, into a mosque.Built as a Greek Orthodox Church nearly 1,500 years ago and converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of 1453, the Unesco World Heritage Site became a museum in 1934 under Turkish Republic founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Today, it attracts more than 3.7 million visitors a year.
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Reclaiming Hagia Sophia plays well with his base - religious conservatives - and with Turkish nationalists. Critics say he's using the issue to The organisation had urged Turkey not to change its status without discussion. Image copyright Getty Images. Image caption The Hagia Sophia has huge www.bbc.co.uk
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also condemned the move , not just for the damage it would do to relations between Greece and Turkey , but Ankara's relations with "the European Union, UNESCO and the world community". The transformation of the Hagia Sophia dominated the headlines in Greek www.msn.com
© Ozan KOSE Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In an address to the nation , Erdogan said the first Muslim "Greece condemns most firmly" the decision, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, saying it "does not only impact relations between Greece and Turkey but also the latter's www.msn.com
The World Council of Churches says returning the Turkish landmark to a mosque is mistaken. Image caption The Hagia Sophia opens for Muslim prayer on 24 July. The World Council of In a letter to Mr Erdogan, the Council, which counts 350 churches as members, said the move would sow www.bbc.com
The UN's cultural agency UNESCO warned Turkey on Friday against converting the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque, urging dialogue before any decision is taken. The Hagia Sophia , which was first a cathedral then a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul, is inscribed www.rfi.fr
The Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the group says it deeply regrets Turkey 's decision. " Hagia Sophia is an architectural masterpiece and a unique testimony to interactions between Europe and Asia over the centuries," said the Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
The EU, along with a number of countries, including Greece, France, and the US, have already voiced serious concern over Turkey ’s decision to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a move that came amid fears over the future of the Christian shrines in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
ATHENS (Sputnik) - Greek Culture and Sports Minister Lina Mendoni on Friday described Turkey 's decision to turn the Hagia Sophia cathedral into a "I have informed my colleagues about this provocation against the international cultural heritage as well as UNESCO , which is the decision to
Turkey ’s president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque. Suzan Fraser, Associated Press, July In a televised address to the nation , Erdogan said the first prayers inside Hagia Sofia would be held The move threatens to deepen tensions with neighboring Greece, whose prime minister , Kyriakos
Hagia Sophia is on Unesco ’s World Heritage list and the organization said it “deeply regrets” the decision by the Turkish authorities. The EU also described Erdogan’s move as “regrettable.” “It really is in many ways a shocking decision,” said James Ker-Lindsay, a visiting professor at the London