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In this episode of Empire Builders, we explore 10 sites that made history.
In the 5th century A.D. the Roman Empire, which had ruled across Europe for 600 years, was facing collapse. More than 100 years earlier in 332 its Emperor Constantine, who’d erected his victory arch in Rome, had moved the capital of the empire to a city in modern day Turkey which was named Constantinople.
Constantine was the first Roman emperor to become a Christian and over the next 1000 years his Eastern Roman Empire embraced Christianity and became the Byzantine Empire.
Later, in the final years of the 10th century, Christian forces were more aggressive as Crusaders fought to retake Christendom’s holy lands and sites from another younger religion on the march, Islam.
Meanwhile, Europe’s great new sea faring and trading power, Venice, sought accommodation and profit from all sides, either Christian, Jew or Muslim in a complex game of shifting alliances, hostility and war.
Using CGI, contributions from experts in their fields and re-enactments, we walk the ruins, discover the story behind, and explore the historic sites of:
- Walls of Constantinople, Istanbul
- Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
- Dead Cities, Syria
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
- Acre Fort, Israel
- Krak de Chevaliers, Syria
- Fort of Rhodes, Greece
- Arsenale, Venice
- St Marks Basilica, Venice
- Doges Palace, Venice
Runtime: 50 minutes per show
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