In 1472, Zoe, now Sophia, traveled to Moscow in company with a group of Italian architects and Greeks, led by a papal legate who had caused the Latin cross to be carried in front of the traveling group. When Metr. Philip learned of this, he declared that he would leave the city if the cross were to enter through the city gate. The legate, then, dispensed with the cross. After meeting the legate Ivan politely deflected his exhortations about union of the Churches. While having been educated under Catholicism, Sophia responded to Metr. Philip’s fears by advising that in Russia she would rather be the wife of the protector of Orthodoxy.<ref> Francis Dvornik. ''The Slavs in European History and Civilization'', Rutgers University Press, New Bruswick, New Jersey, 1962 ISBN 0-8135-0403-1</ref>
Metr. Philip’s effort to rebuild the [[Cathedral of the Dormition]] in the Moscow Kremlin in 1472 was not successful as the workers proved inexperienced and the building collapsed. The [[cathedral]] was completed later under the supervision of Aristotile Fioravanti.