Greece Slams Quran Reading in Istanbul’s Orthodox Christian Cathedral

Source: Sputnik

June 6, 2016

Hagia Sophia is a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal
church from the sixth century which was later transformed
into an imperial mosque and is currently a museum Ayasofya
Muzesi. Last week, Turkish media reported that President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Quran would be read in the
Hagia Sophia everyday during the Muslim fasting month of

“We condemn the announcement of the Turkish
authorities about plans to read the Quran in Hagia Sophia
in Istanbul on the occasion of Ramadan as regressive. The
persistent and bordering on fanaticism Muslim rituals in
the World Heritage Site are incomprehensible and are a
manifestation of a lack of respect and a lack of
connection with reality. In addition, such actions are not
compatible with modern democratic and secular
societies,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a

For over a millennium, Hagia Sophia was the largest church
in the Christian world. It is included in the UNESCO World
Heritage List.

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which this year
runs from June 6 to July 5, Ramadan, is marked by fasting
during the daytime and is considered a time for spiritual
reflection and increased devotion.

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