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This basilica, now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was imagined to be the very burial site of Jesus and to encompass the place of crucifixion.Evidence was conveniently discovered in the form of a tomb and miracle working splinters of the True Cross.
Under Constantine's Christian sons, the trend developed further.More temples were destroyed, and sacrifices were forbidden.Marriages between Christians and Jews were declared illegal, and the crime was punishable by death.Countless thousands of architectural treasures from classical times were soon being vandalised in the same way and turned into Churches.Christians were keen to emulate selected Jewish practices.Constantius II passed laws against pagans in 341, and in the following years further laws were passed to the effect that all superstition (i.e. Soon, anyone performing traditional sacrifices would be liable to the death penalty.
In town and country, temples were demolished or seized and turned into churches.
He restored Jerusalem to the Jews, revoked anti-Semitic legislation and authorised the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.
His toleration was not appreciated by Christians, who insulted and destroyed new temples in Syria and Asia Minor.
The rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was set back by a mysterious fire, possibly one of the many instances of arson carried out by Christians.
There is more than a suspicion that Julian's untimely death was attributable to disloyal Christians.
In 333, Christian censorship, pillaging, dispossession and judicial killing started in earnest.