The decision of the Turkish government to alter the character of a monument that is a universal symbol and is protected by international treaties can be described as unacceptable. World Cultural Heritage….
Today's decision by the Turkish State Council is simply applauded the diplomatic games of the governance of the neighboring country which exerts indirect pressure, as is obvious, to promote its other geopolitical interests.
It's sad at least not to have due respect for cultural treasures where δεν ανήκουν με το πέρασμα των αιώνων σε κάποιο τόπο-χώρο, people or nation, religion or political space, but to humanity.
Let's call Mr.. Erdogan to revoke the decree and to project logic and prudence, putting his own political aspirations in the background, why it will only provoke feelings of intolerance between peoples who have more in common than differences to separate them.
of Maria Aliberti
Then we quote its announcement UNESCO on the subject
"Hagia Sophia, part of the property "Historic Areas of Istanbul", is inscribed on the World Heritage List as a museum.
This inscription implies certain legal obligations and obligations.
Therefore, a State must ensure that no modification is made to the exceptional universal value of property registered in its territory.
Any amendment requires prior notification by the State concerned to UNESCO and then, if necessary, examination by the World Heritage Committee.
OR "Exceptional universal value" is the basis for the decision to register any property in World Heritage List. The texts adopted by the Commission state that"Historic Areas of Istanbul" are engraved mainly for "Unique integration of architectural masterpieces that reflect the meeting of Europe and Asia for several centuries" and because "Hagia Sophia became a model for a whole family of churches and later mosques, and the mosaics of the palaces and churches of Constantinople influenced both Eastern and Western art».
So, Hagia Sophia, as a component of the property "Historic Areas of Istanbul" has a strong symbolic, historical and global value.
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