Justinian I 483-565
Detail of the
mosaic in San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy
Justinian was originally
Petrus Sabbatius who
became Flavius Justinianus,
the Byzantine emperor from 527 until 565, or Justinian the
Great to his friends.
In 537, the now famous Hagia
Sophia Basilica, a major cathedral at Constantinople,
today's Istanbul, was completed. Or reconstructed rather.
Construction had been commenced under Constantine I in 325.
In 1453, it became a mosque. Today it is a museum.
aka Church of the Holy
One of the most prominent monuments of the Byzantine Empire.
Justinian managed to rule for 38
One of the things he will be
most remembered for is his code of rulings, the Codex
Justinianus, his compilation of laws. The year? 534.
Governments of Rome.