Tuesday, July 16 2024

UNESCO sent letter to Turkey about turning Hagia Sophia into Mosque

UNESCO is investigating the issue that has arisen following Erdogan’s announcement of the conversion of Hagia Sophia from a museum into an Islamic mosque, said Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta NEA.

The Chilean official said that UNESCO has sent a letter to the Turkish authorities at the beginning of June, but had not yet received a reply.


He stressed that the Convention on World Cultural Heritage stipulates that before any decision can be taken to change the status of a Cultural Heritage Monument, such as Hagia Sophia, a decision of the relevant UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee is required.