This statue of Constantine is next to York Minster and is thought to be close to the spot where Constantine was proclaimed Emperor in 306 AD.
Constantine is said to have converted to Christianity in 312AD. He may have"invented" Christmas but he was an unlikeable man. A marble head of Constantine found in Stonegate (now in the Yorkshire Museum) contrasts sharply with the statue outside York Minster. Rather than the effete character as he is portrayed in this modern statue (1998), the Roman version shows him with alert staring eyes - the military leader and far seeing reformer, the man who would later have one of his own sons executed.