Greece urges Turkey to keep Hagia Sophia as museum

Greece said Turkey risked opening up ‘a huge emotional chasm’ with Christian countries if it converts the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque, Ekathimerini reported.

A Turkish court heard a petition Thursday seeking to convert the building into a mosque. It will announce its verdict within 15 days.

“Hagia Sophia is a world heritage monument… Many countries, culminating in the intervention of the US State Department, highlighted this very point, urging Turkey not to take steps which would create a huge emotional chasm between the Christians of the world and Turkey,” Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas told a briefing.