I am so glad Justinian has built these new bridges and roads!
The Eastern Orthodox Church
Constantinople was the capital and was surrounded by 3 out of the 4 sides by water, so it was easy to defend. Constantinople was home to around 1 million people
Conflict Between East and West
One of the greatest Byzantine emperors was Justinian I, whose long reign lasted from 527 to 565. Justinian was brought down, but Justinian was determined to rebuild the city on an even grander scale than before. Soon Constantinople had new bridges, public baths, parks, roads, and hospitals.
Christianity was more than a religion, it was the foundation of the empire. Constantine intended Constantinople it to be the religious center of the empire as well as the seat of government. Byzantines viewed the emperor as the head of the government and as the living representative of God and Jesus Christ.
Medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire were united in a single faith: Christianity. Cultural, political, and religious differences brought the two parts into conflict. The eastern half of the empire had many cities, much trade, and great wealth, and the western half was mostly rural and agricultural, and not nearly as wealthy.