During the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337), Rome turned out to be far from the eastern provinces of the Empire. There is a record that the Emperor has hesitated to transfer the rule of the empire to Serdica. His words are known: “Serdica is my Rome.”
Probably, for strategic reasons, Constantine the Great chose for the new capital a new small city on the Bosphorus – the future Constantinople. His love for Serdika, however, remained. He often visited the city. His palace has not yet been found and is one of the challenges facing the Bulgarian archeological science.