Church of the Holy Apostles, Istanbul

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Built by Constantine the Great to contain his tomb and the relics of the Twelve Apostles, and rebuilt by renowned architects under Justinian, this important church was the resting place of several Byzantine emperors and saints. Destroyed by the Crusades and an earthquake, it was replaced with the Fatih Mosque in 1461.

Go Historic ID
319259
Short URL
gohist.co/319259
Names
Church of the Holy Apostles
Address

Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates
41.019845° N, 28.950294° E
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

May 22, 337
Death of Constantine the Great

Emperor Constantine the Great dies of an illness near Nicomedia (modern Izmit). His body is brought to Constantinople for burial in the Church of the Holy Apostles.

330
Construction of the Church of the Holy Apostles, commissioned by Constantine

Construction of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, commissioned by Constantine the Great to contain his own tomb and the relics of the Twelve Apostles.

June 28, 550
Re-consecration of the Church of the Holy Apostles

Re-consecration of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, which was rebuilt under Justinian by architects Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus.