Monday, September 17, 2018

Constantine The Great founded Constantinople

Constantine The Great founded Constantinople the new capital of the Eastern Roman Empire in 330, over the remnants of the ancient Greek city of Byzantium.

According to the legend, Constantine walked out the dimension of the city personally, with the Spear of Longinus in hand, stopping only when the voice of God told him he had measured enough area. Constantinople has seven hills and 14 quarters. Six years of work followed its founding an it was not until May 11, 33, that Constantine could declare the construction completed an officially renamed the city.

Originally the city seems to have been intended simply as Constantine’s capital; at this period in Roman history, emperors ha begun to choose locations to serve as the operational headquarters, although Rome remained the nominal capital of the empire.

Except for the period from 1204 to 1261, when it was a Crusader kingdom, the city remained the eastern capital until it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. It was the Turkish capital until 1923 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk moved the government to Ankara.
Constantine The Great founded Constantinople
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