Before the Minster was built, the land was already deemed to be sacred. A statue marks the place where Constantine was ascended to Augustus by his father. Making him emperor of Britain, Gaul, Germany and Spain. There is so much information on this leader. too much to mention here without boring you all to death. But this is the same Constantine that founded Constantinople which of course is now Istanbul. He was known as Constantine the Great, but that is quite tenuous, for reasons that can be found by reading about him. He was quite ruthless too, who worshipped his mother. Indeed he had his wife "boiled" to death in a bath. His eldest son was put to death by cold poison. Born in 272 and died 337AD.