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The priest of the Russian Orthodox Church: Bartholomew symbolically lost his pulpit because of Hagia Sophia

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople "symbolically lost chair" with the transformation of the Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque, said Tuesday RIA Novosti the head of the expert Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on Church art, architecture and restoration Archpriest Leonid Kalinin.

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. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision.

He noted that the Hagia Sophia as the main Christian Church of the Byzantine Empire symbolically remains the chair of the patriarchs of Constantinople, and in its transformation into a mosque "this Department has ceased to exist." "It turns out that Patriarch Bartholomew symbolically lost his pulpit," said the priest.

Kalinin also believes that what happened with the Cathedral – "divine instruction" on the fallacy of the decision to issue a Tomos of autocephaly "of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine."

"The great Church again became a mosque as the answer and God's instruction to those errors that are committed by people. (Change the status of Hagia Sophia – ed.) is the answer to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew that he did, destroying the unity of Orthodoxy", - said Kalinin.

Earlier, first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Alexander Shchipkov has declared that the fault for changing the status of Hagia Sophia "rests with Patriarch Bartholomew, which was perpetrated a schism in the world Orthodoxy." "The results of ludomanov the Ukrainian schismatics" has led, according to Shipkova, problems in the relationship between Orthodox churches have weakened the Orthodox world, "and this took Erdogan".

In turn, the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said earlier in the media that does not share the viewpoint that God is punishing Patriarch Bartholomew through the decision of the Turkish authorities on the Hagia Sophia. "I cannot agree, because the blow was struck not by Patriarch Bartholomew, and not of the Church of Constantinople and world Orthodoxy and all Christianity," said Metropolitan Hilarion in his interview to TV channel "Russia 24".

The Cathedral of Sveta Sofia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Christian Church in the 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.