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Sunday, December 20, 1998 Published at 17:10 GMT


Dome branded 'arrogant'

Millennium Dome: 'Monument to arrogance'

The Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London, has come under fire from the Archbishop of York who is labelling it a monumemt of arrogance.

BBC's Helen Callaghan outlines Dr Hope's criticisms
In an article in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Dr David Hope says the values encapsulated by the exhibition were the opposite of those which Christians should be promoting during the 2,000th anniversary of Christ's birth.

He said the "great humility" of the crib had become the "hubris" of the £750m dome.

[ image: David Hope:
David Hope: "Confusions of the age"
"All the monies spent to celebrate the millennium will be of little value unless we attend to the values themselves - the values displayed in the crib at Bethlehem," he is reported as saying.

He also says the part-man, part-woman sculpture which will be the centrepiece of the dome reflects the "confusions of the age".

But the BBC's Hellen Callaghan reports that Dr Hope's comments may not be welcomed elsewhere in the church.

She says the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, wants church representation in the 'spirit zone' of the exhibition, and regards the millenium display as an "exciting opportunity".

Christmas Day will see the first of a series of adverts, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, promoting the dome exhibtion.

The TV commercials are designed to restore confidence in the £758m dome, which has been widely criticised and lampooned as the pointless pet project of Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Mandelson.

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