Dedicated in about 330, it was rebuilt and reconscrated on June 28, 550
The Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, now modern Istanbul was one of the most important churches in Christendom. It was second in size and importance only to the Hagia Sophia among the great churches of the capital
Originally built by Constantine the Great, the church was the burial place of the Byzantine Emperors and Patriarchs of Constantinople from the 4th century to the 11th century.
At one time, the Church of the Holy Apostles held the relics of the Christian saints Andrew, Luke, Timothy, John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian.
The church was ruthlessly plundered in the Crusades and later toppled by a severe earthquake. Today, almost nothing of the great church remains, and the Fatih Mosque was built over the site.
The Fatih Mosque was built in 1470 and rebuilt in 1766 after an earthquake. Reused building materials from the church, such as column pieces and stone blocks of the foundations, have been identified in the courtyard of the Fatih Mosque.
GPS Coordinates: 41.01952, 28.94981
- Added: 4 Apr 2006
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2172043
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