Constantine the Great

Constantine came to Britain in AD 305. After his father’s death in AD306 Constantine was proclaimed Emperor by the soldiers in York. Constantine united the whole of the Roman Empire under one ruler bringing to end 80 years, three generations of fragmented rule. Constantine’s place in the history of York is firmly sealed.

During Constantine’s reign Christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. … In 313, Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan decriminalizing Christian worship.

This statue of the Emperor Constantine is located on the site of York Minster Where he was declared Emperor. On the limestone statue base are the words “Constantine. By this sign conquer”.

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Constantine The Great (AD 306-337)