- To be distinguished from Thomas Whittemore (Universalist) (1800–1861)
"Santa Sophia was a mosque the day that I talked to him. The next morning, when I went to the mosque, there was a sign on the door written in Ataturk's own hand. It said: 'The museum is closed for repairs'" 
Thomas Whittemore (1871–1950) was a scholar, archaeologist and the founder of the Byzantine Institute of America. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1871. His good personal relationship with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder and the first president of the Turkish Republic, enabled him to gain permission from the Turkish government to start the preservation of the Hagia Sophia mosaics in 1931.
In 1948, he and Paul A. Underwood, from the Byzantine Institute of America and the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, sponsored a programme for restoration of the Chora Church in Istanbul.
Lord Kinross, Hagia Sophia: A History of Constantinople, Newsweek, New York, 1972, p.128.
- Hagia Sophia, p128.
- Chora Church Hellenica
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