"A major new exhibition, officially opened in York today by the
Princess Royal, celebrates the city's links with the man credited
with the acceptance of Christianity as a mainstream religion and the
subsequent effects on the religious and political make-up of the West.
Constantine was in York in 306AD on a military campaign led by his
father, the co-emperor Constantius, and on his death the fortress's
legions proclaimed his son emperor.
Six years later, before leading his troops to victory in the battle
of Milvian Bridge, outside Rome, Constantine saw a vision of the
Christian symbol of the Chi-Rho.
The emperor was converted to the faith and promoted religious
tolerance, ending the persecution of Christians and initiating the
building of the first Christian church in Rome and St Peter's
Basilica. He also presided over the drafting of the Nicene Creed,
which is still used by Christians today. ...
A year of celebrations will include a special service at York Minster
on July 25, the 1,700th anniversary of the proclamation of
Constantine as emperor."
From 'All hail to York's very own Roman emperor' By Julie Hemmings
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