The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry called the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque “a blow to humanity’s cultural heritage” in a Friday statement.
The ministry underlined that changing the monument’s museum status is a violation of Turkey’s obligations under the 1972 UNESCO Convention, an action which “casts a heavy shadow over its image,” reads the statement.
It also highlighted that altering the monument entails significant risks for both the building’s integrity and its interior decoration, “including the mosaics and other works of art.”
On a similar note, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kostas Vlasis said on Twitter,
“History is not erased by a politician’s signature, even if he happens to be the president of Turkey.”