“”Aghia Sofia/ the Holy Wisdom. Reflections on “the 8th Wonder of the World”’ Panel Discussion Zoom Webinar

Join us for EMBCA’s “”Aghia Sophia/the Holy Wisdom. Reflections on "the 8th wonder of the World"" Panel Discussion Zoom Webinar on Sunday August, 9 at 2 P.M. EST (11 A.M. PST) in Association with AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission. Lou Katsos EMBCA’s President and Chairman of AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission will moderate the panel and the distinguished panelists in formation will include John Fotiadis, President/Founder John Fotiadis Architect PLLC, Author/ Writer /Byzantinist Alexander Billinis, and Academic Researcher/Community Leader Dr. Peter Stavrianidis . Mike Savvas an UNESCO award artist , songwriter, guitarist and toura player will be playing musical reflections on Aghia Sofia. Aghia Sofia over its long history, has been an Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral, Catholic Church, Mosque and Museum. More than any other building which has survived from antiquity , it symbolizes the crossing and meeting of religions, cultures, empires, civilizations and regional hegemons. 1,500 years after its dedication, it has transcended its original function as Cathedral , and transformed into a celebrated and contested symbol emblematic of the history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Although short notice the recent conversion of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from a museum into a Mosque recently has created global condemnation and we felt that it was important to discuss the issues around it. The panel in formation to be announced shortly will discuss Aghia Sophia’s history, architectural and cultural significance but also the geopolitics being played in the Eastern Mediterranean behind Erdogan’s reconversion of Aghia Sophia.