Stop the Hagia Sophia from becoming a mosque

Stop the Hagia Sophia from becoming a mosque

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Jedidah Ibrahim started this petition to United Nations and

This is another case of oppression of Christian minorities by Islamic Majorities in Turkey.

The Hagia Sophia was built by the emperor Justinian I in AD 537 , about a thousand and five hundred years ago. Built as the great Cathedral of the Eastern Roman Empire, it was the seat of the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople until the city fell to Ottoman conquest in 1453. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularised and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Empire under Mehmed the Conqueror, who ordered this main church of Eastern Orthodox Christianity converted into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and other relics were destroyed and the mosaics depicting Jesus, his mother Mary, Christian saints, and angels were eventually destroyed or plastered over. It remained a mosque until 1931 when it was closed to the public for four years. It was re-opened in 1935 as a museum by the Republic of Turkey.

Hagia Sophia was, as of 2014, the second-most visited museum in Turkey, attracting almost 3.3 million visitors annually. According to data released by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, Hagia Sophia was Turkey's most visited tourist attraction in 2015 and 2019. It should remain a museum and a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Russian Orthodox Church says it is "unacceptable" to convert the museum to a mosque, and I and the millions of Christians globally think so as well. 

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