Recent excavations near the Milvian Bridge, on the banks of the River Tiber in Rome, on the location where Constantine the Great fought and defeated Maxentius and became the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire, may have brought to light the ruins of a church, which was built on the spot where the Emperor converted to Christianity.
The ruins of the early Christian Church which is dated to the 4th century A.D. were found around 200 meters from the spot where Constantine the Great fought against and defeated Maxentius on October 28, 312 A.D. According to reports, on this very spot the Emperor had seen a vision with the shape of a cross in the sky, which led him to convert to Christianity.
The team of archaeologists who worked in the excavation maintains that the remains that have been identified must relate to the church since they are so close to the Milvian Bridge where the great battle between the two rival emperors Constantine and Maxentius took place. According to the Bishop of Caesarea Eusebius and biographer of Constantine the Great, it was on this spot where Constantine the Great had seen the cross which inspired him to regroup his forces, change his plans and finally win the battle. After this victory, he marched in Rome as an emperor, the first Christian Emperor, and shortly after, in A.D. 313, he legalized Christianity by issuing a relative decree.
It will take several years to come to the conclusion whether the remains belong to the early Christian church and until then the public will not be able to approach the point of the findings. However, archaeologists and historians will work with zeal towards the investigation of the truth which in any case is extremely fascinating.