Friday, 30 December 2011

Constantine the Great

The Roman Emperor Constantine the Great sits back, master of all he surveys, outside the south door of York Minster.  Constantine was thought to have been hailed as Emperor by his troops near this spot on the death of his father in AD 306.  

This modern statue was gifted to the city in 1998 by York Civic Trust. The sculptor was Philip Jackson and he carefully researched the clothing, seating and armour of the period. The Emperor sits looking down upon his broken sword, which forms the shape of a cross.
This is to symbolise the fact that Constantine made Christianity an acceptable religion of the Roman Empire.


  1. A great photo of a great man! Great!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Something new in your town and yet it looks so old! Nice.


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