The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, said Patriarch Bartholomew about his support
Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome expressed to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew the support of the Greek Orthodox Church, reported the Athens Archdiocese.
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. They will begin on July 24.
"This afternoon, the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome contacted Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, expressing his full solidarity and unwavering support," - said in the message.
Bartholomew has not yet responded to the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Blog "Light Fanara" covering the activities of the Patriarch, on Sunday said only about the letter of the world Council of churches in connection with the decision of the Turkish authorities and posted a link to a song by the Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis "Every morning at the Hagia Sophia, when everyone is asleep, angel comes out to look at the ruined city" with a little story about the drive.
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.