Dendias: Greek monuments are scattered in the Mediterranean, Middle East and the depths of Asia

Hagia Sophia Dendias

“The issue of Hagia Sophia and the Chora Monastery is on the agenda of all our contacts,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Friday during his address to the 4th Panhellenic Conference on the Digitalization of Cultural Heritage.

Dendias noted that the preservation and promotion of its cultural heritage is of great importance for Greece.

He said that “the monuments of Greek culture are scattered in various countries, in the Mediterranean, in the Middle East, but also in the depths of Asia.”

“Unfortunately, this legacy is under constant threat,” he said, “including, of course, from countries like Turkey, which is violating fundamental UNESCO rules and turning monuments like Hagia Sophia and the Chora Monastery into mosques.”

Dendias pointed out that the goal is “to make every effort to protect this heritage” and “in this context we have talked with various international organisations, starting with UNESCO.

“At the same time, we raise this issue, both bilaterally and multilaterally,” he continued.

The foreign minister underlined that “we have an obligation to highlight our cultural heritage, including through its promotion to the largest possible audience.”

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