The Greek Church called to cancel the decision on the status of Hagia Sophia
The conversion of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque makes it out of the place of culture in "the place of separation and division", it is necessary to protect this monument of culture, declared the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church on Monday.
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court - July 10, 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.
"The Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church expresses its disappointment, strong protest and concern about turning the Holy temple of Hagia Sophia, the great Orthodox Church in Istanbul into a mosque and place of worship of the Muslim religion. With this transformation, the monument is transformed from a cultural to a point of separation and division", - reads the statement of the Synod, arrived in RIA Novosti.
The Synod recalled his speech of 12 June, which States that no modern or postmodern concept of multiculturalism did not create the monument, which is so clearly expressed in the Christian concept of the highest good and beauty, and "the rejection of civilizational neutral use of the monument as a Museum, which was established the Turkish Republic in 1934, seeks to transform the cultural space in the trophy and a symbol of conquest".
"The use of the creations of European culture, which was a symbol of unity and peaceful coexistence, an instrument in a place of service of one religion, in order micropolitical expediency and domestic agendas, is a manifestation of the civilizational deficit from the leadership of neighboring countries and is a clear distancing from the pan-European principles of peace, reconciliation and respect for diversity" - said in a statement.
The Synod declares that it is necessary "to awaken and vigilant" only in the spiritual world, Christian denominations and other churches, governments and international organizations that promote peace, coexistence and cooperation between peoples, cultures and religions in order to cancel the status change Hagia Sophia.
"To this end, the Church of Greece immediately makes international appeals and steps, calling for the restoration of the monument and return to its proper use," the statement said.
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. In 1985 it was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.