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Go Historic ID
319259
names
Church of the Holy Apostles
coordinates
41.019845° N, 28.950294° E
main dates
330 constructed
styles/periods

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Essays on the Church of the Holy Apostles

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    by 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 →

Bibliography of the Church of the Holy Apostles

  1. Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450. Oxford University Press. 1998. Print.
  2. The Church of the Holy Apostles.” Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate. Web.
  3. Istanbul: Buildings: Church of the Holy Apostles.” Grove Art Online. Web.

Article Info

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Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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