ROC commented on the attempts to change the status of Hagia Sophia
Any attempt to change the current status of the Hagia Sophia would lead to disruption in Turkey, the sectarian balance, said the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
Concerns for the preservation of the current status of the Museum of the ancient temple of St. Sophia, built in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the first half of the VI century, many observers have called the recent events, when on may 29, Muslim leaders was read in the temple the Koran.
Commenting on the situation in the program "the Church and peace," Metropolitan Hilarion noted that the complex of St. Sophia temple in 1934 by the decision of Kemal Ataturk, a Museum, and since 1985 it is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage of UNESCO.
"For millions of Christians around the world, especially Orthodox Christians, this temple is a symbol of the Byzantine Empire and a symbol of Orthodoxy. It was built in the VI century by Emperor Justinian as an Orthodox Church, and became not only a miracle of architecture of its time, but the main Orthodox Church of the Eastern Roman Empire. For us, the Russian people, this temple is also valuable for the fact that the ambassadors of Prince Vladimir it was there, being at the service, felt that they do not know they are "on the earth or in the heaven", and decided to tell the Prince Vladimir