Constantine the Great. From Constantinople to Istanbul. England, York Minster. Outline. Introduction Part I. His life and achievement Part II. Conversion to Christianity Part III. Foundation of Constantinople Conclusion References.
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From Constantinople to Istanbul
Constantine the Great was the first emperor of Rome to convert to Christianity. During his reign, Christians, previously persecuted, gained freedom of worship. He gave huge estates and other gifts to the Christian church. He established a capital in the eastern provinces, naming it Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey)
Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom) was built in Constantinople (now Istanbul) between 532 and 537 under the auspices of Emperor Justinian I. The original dome fell after an earthquake and was replaced in 563. The church became a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of 1453, and is now a museum