The Hellenic Society of Constantinople criticizes the verdict of July 10, 2020 by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to turn the iconic Orthodox Cathedral of Haigia Sophia in Constantinople, back to an Islamic mosque.
By overturning the historic action taken in 1934, by the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, to transform Hagia Sophia to a museum, the Turkish government shows cultural prejudice and total disrespect for the religious and human rights of the Christians and other minorities in Turkey.
It also displays an insulting attitude towards not only the Orthodoxy and Hellenism, but towards the entire community of Christians of the world!
We call upon the President and the Congress of the United States of America, the leaders of the Christian churches of every domination, UNESCO and the international community at large to protest vocally and pressure the Turkish authorities to reverse this deliberately provocative act and reinstate Hagia Sophia to its former status as a monument that unites people and religions.
The Hellenic Society of Constantinople is a non for profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1939. It was one of the first Societies created in the United States to perpetuate the vast contributions made by the Byzantines, and to preserve the remaining Greek Orthodox churches and nursing home in Constantinople. Today, the Society also provides scholarships to students of Greek descent based on merit, and donates to worthy philanthropic causes in the United States. The Society commemorates the Fall of Constantinople annually and, in keeping with our mission to support the religious freedoms of all minorities in Asia Minor and abroad, we support the Patriarchate in Istanbul.