EUROVISION OPENING WON’T BE HELD IN ST. SOPHIA’S

Pravoslavie.ru – 17/11/16

No Eurovision 2017 events will be held on the square and territory of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev.

This was emphasized by Deputy Chairman Alexei Reznikov of the Kiev city government during a briefing on November 15, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“No events and no official activities of Eurovision 2017 will be held on St. Sophia’s square or on the territory of the St. Sophia’s historical-architectural reserve,” noted Reznikov, quoted by Ukrinform.

According to him, the opening could be moved to Marinsky Park in the center of Kiev.

It should be noted that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church negatively reacted to the idea of holding secular events on the sacred territory of St. Sophia’s Cathedral and expressed hope that they would find a new place for the opening of Eurovision 2017.

Translated by Jesse Dominick