Wikipedia Long a center of Christian pilgrimage, pilgrims from all over the world seek Saidnaya for renewal of faith and for healing. Renowned for its faithfulness to Christianity, tradition holds that the Convent of Our Lady of Saidnaya was constructed by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in 547 AD, after he had two visions of Mary, one that indicated where to build the church and the other outlining its design. Justinian dedicated the finished project to the feast of Mary's Nativity, and…
P: Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine empire was able to codify Roman law and therefore reduce legal confusion in the Byzantine empire. During his rule Emperor Justinian also attempted to recover Western territory, without much success.
St. Catherines Monastery in South Sinai, Egypt-The oldest continually operated library in the world, St. Catherines Monastery has been around since it was first built by the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, sometime around 564 AD. It currently holds over 3,000 religious and educational manuscripts and approximately 8,000 printed books, including first editions of Homer and Plato.
The Empress Theodora (500 – 28 June 548) wife of Justinian I, San Vitale, Ravenna. Theodora wasn't born in purple but Justinian married the woman he loved, she got to be Empress after a life as a prostitute but her low past made her a fighter for women's rights and a good ruler.
The Apse Mosaic of the Transfiguration, ca. 540 AD. in Church of the Virgin, Monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai. This is one of oldest working Christian monasteries. Egeria provides oldest account of monastic life here during her pilgrimage (in Latin, 381-384 AD). The monastery was ordered built by Emperor Justinian I (527-65 AD). The library has 2nd largest collection of early codices & manuscripts & best collection of early icons in the world (5th c and later) [4th of four pins]
Apse mosaic depicting a clean shaven Christ, Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site