Hagia Sophia

United States and Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement

The United States and Turkey signed a "Cultural Property Agreement" on Tuesday which ostensibly calls for the protection of cultural property in Turkey but has set off alarm bells in the academic community, with many fearing that it paves...

Erdogan: Conversion of Hagia Sophia into Mosque "Crown of 2020"

In an address to the nation, Turkish President Erdogan called his decision to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque the "crown of 2020."

Council of Europe Condemns Conversion of Hagia Sophia from Museum to Mosque

In an official statement released on Friday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) condemned Turkey's July 13 decision to convert the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque. PACE's Committee on Culture, Science, Education & Media...

Archdiocese of North America Petitions UN on Hagia Sophia Reconversion

It was announced on Tuesday that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is petitioning United Nations experts to hold the Republic of Turkey accountable for what the archdiocese calls "its deliberate policies to erase the cultural heritage of Orthodox...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Calls for Continued Orthodox – Catholic Dialogue

Greek Orthodox Archbishop of the Americas Elpidophoros spoke on Monday evening at Fordham University as part of its Christ and Anastasia Economos lecture series, lauding the solidarity he had found with Catholic Cardinal Dolan of New York and calling...

“Preposterous” US-Turkey Deal Could Lead to Pillage of Cultural Heritage

In these days of severely heightened tensions originating from Turkey's repeated incursions into the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean in search of oil and gas, even the sending of warships to accompany drilling vessels there, it appears yet another...

Syrian City Lays Cornerstone for New Hagia Sophia Cathedral

In war-torn Syria, as citizens try to deal with an almost total breakdown of their society after their country served as a battleground for many opposing forces, Orthodox Christians have decided to build a replica of the Hagia Sophia...

Erdogan Reportedly Tells German Chancellor Merkel “We Are Starting Drilling”

Responding to Thursday's signing of a maritime agreement between Greece and Egypt delineating the EEZ's of each nation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reported to have told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his nation would again recommence drilling...

UN Calls on Turkey to Make Hagia Sophia an “Intercultural Space”

UN human rights experts explained on Friday, July 31, that Turkey's conversion of the significant World Heritage Site "could reflect a supremacist view of history and culture." In an officially released statement, UN Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune, who works in...

Greek NY Politicians Call on Trump to Condemn Erdogan’s Hagia Sophia Decision

New York City Greek-American elected officials are calling on the Trump administration to formally rebuff Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan, for his decision to close the historic Hagia Sophia as a museum. State Senators Michael Gianaris and Andrew Gounardes, Assembly Member...