Church of the Holy Apostles Istanbul, Turkey 330
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.
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- Church of the Holy Apostles
- 41.019845° N, 28.950294° E
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- 330 constructed
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The Church of the Holy Apostles was erected in 330 by Emperor Constantine the Great, the first Roman emperor to embrace Christianity. He intended it to be his mausoleum and included a tomb for himself and tombs for each of the Twelve Apostles. The mausoleum-church broke with imperial tradition in several ways: it was built within the city walls, it was not associated with a palace complex, and the imperial tomb was surrounded by religious figures rather than previous rulers. And over the roof he put finely fretted work and overlaid it everywhere with gold. continue reading →
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