MOSCOW (Reuters) – Changing Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia monument from a museum to a mosque would possibly maybe maybe per chance presumably be “unacceptable”, a senior legitimate within the Russian Orthodox Church talked about on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Put, that became as soon as a Byzantine cathedral sooner than being remodeled into a mosque which is currently a museum, is considered in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque screech of the UNESCO World Heritage Put, a sixth century constructing on the coronary heart of each and every the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and now one of Turkey’s most visited monuments.
“We can’t lumber inspire to the Heart Ages now,” Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church members of the family, talked about on screech tv, the Interfax news company reported.
“We’re living in a multipolar world, we stay in a multi-confessional world and we want to appreciate the feelings of believers.”
He talked about the Russian Orthodox Church failed to attain the motive for Hagia Sophia’s conversion and that it believed domestic politics became as soon as within the inspire of the switch.
“We imagine that within the present prerequisites this act is an unacceptable violation of non secular freedom,” he became as soon as quoted as announcing.
A Turkish court docket earlier this week heard a case geared towards converting the constructing inspire into a mosque and need to composed announce its verdict later this month.
The court docket case, introduced by an NGO for maintaining historical monuments, disputes the legality of a resolution in 1934, within the early days of the standard secular Turkish screech below Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, to convert Hagia Sophia – identified in Turkish as Ayasofya – from a mosque into a museum.
The proposal has been criticised by diversified non secular and political leaders.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the non secular head of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and essentially based entirely in Istanbul, talked about converting it into a mosque would disappoint Christians and would “crash” East and West.
U.S. Secretary of Express Mike Pompeo and the Greek authorities rep furthermore urged Turkey to inspire the constructing as a museum.
Erdogan has described international criticism over the proposal as an assault on Turkey’s sovereignty.
Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; extra reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun in Istanbul; editing by Clelia Oziel