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Constantinople The Gateway City Constantinople was built in 330 CE by the first Christian emperor Constantine Constantinople ruled much of the deserted Roman Empire many years after Constantines death Constantinople can be described as a Gateway City by its geographic features the cultural influences and the historical influences upon the rest of the world Constantinople was positioned upon a major seaport called Byzantium The positioning of Constantinople was at a location between major trading routes to Europe and Asia Constantinople controlled the Bosporous Strait which was the junction of many trading routes to Europe Doc A The trading routes came from as far as Southeast Asia to North Africa Two centuries after Constantinople was built emperors in Constantinople still ruled the eastern part of the old Roman Empire They still ruled this because Constantinople was a major trade route into the eastern part and the troops in Constantinople could reach the eastern part quickly The move to Constantinople was very wise and very effective Constantinople had some advantages as a crossroads such as trade political power defense and for the spread of culture Doc B Nearly 300000 people made their permanent homes in Constantinople Doc C The placement of Constantinople let the people enjoy many cultures of the world There were only two requirements for citizenship membership in a Christian Church and the ability to speak Greek Doc C With Constantine being a Christian he believed that Christianity was the best religion for his city Constantine was looking for the best for his city Many of the structures during Constantines rule are considered architectural wonders of the world Of those structures the Hagia Sophia was built The building itself has been a Christian church a Muslim mosque and a museum Doc C Across the street from the Hagia Sophia was the imperial palace The imperial palace was the center for the government The government was strong enough to hold out for over two centuries
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