Hellenic Foundation for Culture / Directorate of Letters of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports
On August 26, 2020, Ambassador of Ukraine Mr. Sergii Shutenko met with President of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture Mr. Nikos Koukis.
Thermopylae and Salamis are the two battles that saved Greece, Europe, and what we today call the West and Western civilization.
The decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque is an arbitrary course of action that goes against the universal values, that have laid the foundations of the world culture over time. The essence and the symbolism of the Monuments, that are part of the World Cultural Heritage, like Hagia Sophia, derive from their historical dimension. No decision of changing their universally recognized cultural status can be regarded as an internal affair of any country.