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Official UNESCO Statement on Reconversion of Hagia Sophia into Mosque

  UNESCO, the United Nations body tasked with the identification and preservation of sites with the greatest significance to the world's priceless common heritage, issued a statement on Friday regarding Turkish President Erdogan's official decree turning Hagia Sophia, the greatest...

Erdogan Defies World, Orders Hagia Sophia to be Turned Into Mosque

Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, announced on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, paving the way for its reconversion into a mosque despite strong international opposition. Turkey's President Recep...

Erdogan’s Move on Hagia Sophia a “Deep Affront to Christians Around the World”

American officials reacted angrily on Friday to the decree by Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change Hagia Sophia's status from a museum and World Heritage site to a mosque.  The leadership of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued...

Turkish Decision on Hagia Sophia Coming on Friday

  Two Turkish officials stated on Thursday that it is likely that a Turkish court will give its approval for the reconversion of the former Byzantine cathedral Hagia Sofia back into a mosque, as had been done after the Ottoman...

Pompeo: Turkey Should Not Turn Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque

The US has spoken out against the Turkish government for trying to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, while urging the country to continue to maintain the site as a museum. In a statement released on Wednesday, July 1, by...

Greece Nominates Epirus Festivals for UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Listing

The Greek Ministry of Culture recently submitted an application to UNESCO in hopes that by the time of the traditional village celebrations of Epirus' Syrrako and Vlasti on August 15, they will be included on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The...

Greece to Propose Epirus’ Zagori Villages as UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Greek Culture Ministry announced recently that it intends to officially propose the traditional villages in Epirus’ Zagori district in northwestern Greece as a Greek “cultural landscape” to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. After a meeting for...

UNESCO Recognizes Byzantine Chant as Part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

An important distinction for Greece and Cyprus was announced by UNESCO on Wednesday, when the two countries' proposal to the Organization to include the Byzantine Chant on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was approved. https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1204810602943827969 In its...

UNESCO Representative on Spinalonga to Review Adding it to World Heritage List

Τeresa Colletta, an architect, and representative of UNESCO visited recently the islet of Spinalonga on Crete to review the application to add the historic site onto UNESCO's World Heritage List. Colletta gave her remarks to the local authorities, and these...

French Government Supports Bid to Include Greek in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

A cultural association from the French town of Autun published a manifesto on Saturday asking for the Ancient Greek and Latin languages to be included in UNESCO's list of entities which are part of the world's "Intangible Cultural Heritage." Their...