The Greek authorities condemned the conversion of the former Sophia Basilica in Istanbul into a mosque this Friday, declaring it to be a “direct provocation to the civilized world”.
Greek Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni has said that the decision taken as “a result of President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan’s political goals” is a provocation for those who value the unique value and ecumenical nature of the monument, according to information from the newspaper “Kathimerini”.
In a statement, Mendoni claimed that while Greece is not trying to interfere in the internal affairs of Turkey, a country with which Athens has a tense relationship, Hagia Sophia “remains a monument to all humanity on the sidelines of” Religion “.
“The nationalism shown by President Erdogan is not the best adviser,” he stressed before stressing that these types of ideas lead to “backwardness”. For the minister, the president has therefore decided to “culturally isolate Turkey”.
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias joined her, who also criticized the decision after Erdogan signed the decree to officially reverse the status of a museum and convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque.