I publish here excerpts from Orhan Kemal Cengiz’s article “Istanbul and Constantinople” (read complete at Todays Zaman). I’d like to note a crucial point I disagree with, when the author suggests that Hagia Sophia could become a mixed church-and-mosque place where Christians and Muslims would worship God together. I appreciate the good will of Orhan, but this suggestion is pure nonsense. Perhaps Orhan is an atheist, but living together in peace with people of a different religion needs mutual tolerance, not absurd blendings and intermixings.