Prime Minister of Greece condemned the decision to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque
Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis condemned the decision of Turkey to make the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, and said that this will affect Turkey's relations with Greece and the whole world community.
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
"Greece condemns in the strongest terms the decision of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. This decision - and in fact, after 85 years since its proclamation by Museum offends its universal character", - reads the statement of the Mitsotakis admitted to RIA Novosti.
According to him, such a choice also insults all those who recognize the monument as a world heritage.
"And, of course, this affects not only Turkey's relations with Greece. But also on its relations with the European Union, UNESCO and the world community as a whole," said Mitsotakis.
The Hagia Sophia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian, and was opened on 27 December 537. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.