One day Emperor Justinian I sent delegates to Hippodrome to accept all the request of the rioters. At the same time, another delegate was sent in secret by Justinian I to the Prasinoi leaders. This secret meeting ended well for Emperor Justinian I. The supporters of Prasinoi left the Hippodrome. The rest of the rioters, mostly from Venetoi, didn’t understand what was happening and were unable to escape before the doors were locked. The final act was carried out by the Justinian’s generals. They entered the hippodrome and massacred nearly 30,000 people. The end result of the Nika Revolt was brutal.
Naturally, the remaining residents of Constantinople who survived feared Justinian I. They ceased their acts of resistance towards him after they saw the bloody end of their companions they had left in the Hippodrome. Justinian I became the sole ruling power in the city. He raised taxes more than he ever had before to punish his citizens. The money he collected was spent on the construction of the biggest church of Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, to show the greatness of his city to all world.
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