After the tragic transgression with Hagia Sophia, now the Monastery of Chora, (the “Place of the One beyond space” – Chora tou Achorētou), this exquisite offering of Byzantine culture to humanity is being changed into a mosque.
This is a sad state of affairs for the very same Turkish people who, since the founding of the modern state, have struggled to achieve an international reputation of productivity and progress that leaves a sorry legacy of conquest and carnage behind. This is a real shame, because no one is deserving of such a narrow-minded policy.
Demeaning humanity’s monuments to serve fleeting political schemes does not diminish the monuments themselves, but the schemers.
The pleas and exhortations of the international community are ignored. How long?
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