Church of the Holy Apostles in the Ancient Agora of Athens

Church of the Holy Apostles Athens

Perhaps the oldest church in Athens.
Built around 1000 AD, the Church of Holy Apostles Athens is located in the Ancient Agora of Athens. It has survived intact since it was built.

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Where is the Church of the Holy Apostles Athens

The Church of the Holy Apostles Athens, also known as Holy Apostles of Solaki, is located in the Ancient Agora of Athens, next to the Stoa of Attalos. 

Built around 1000 AD, the church was restored to its original form between 1954 and 1957.

The church is particularly significant for two reasons. Firstly, it is the only monument in the Ancient Agora of Athens, other than the Temple of Hephaestus, to survive intact since its foundation. 

Secondly, for its architecture. It was the first significant church of the Middle Byzantine period in Athens. It marked the beginning of the so-called “Athenian type”, successfully combining the simple four-pier with the cross-in-square forms. The altar and floor were initially made of marble.

One of the names it is known by is “Solakis”. This could be the family name of those who sponsored a renovation of the church in the Ottoman period or from “Solaki” for the densely populated area around the church in the 19th century.

It was undoubtedly the focal point of an extensive neighbourhood in the Byzantine period, the remains of which were recorded and removed during various excavations. 

The eastern half of the church was relatively untouched. Still, several additions, the latest dating to the late 19th century, had damaged and obscured the western end. After excavation, these later additions were removed, and the church was restored to its original form.

A few surviving wall paintings in the central aisle date to the 17th century and paintings from nearby churches were also placed elsewhere within the church.

It is one of the most important historical sites in Athens. It is a testimony to the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. Visitors to the church can explore its beautiful architecture and learn about its significance in the history of Christianity. The festival of the Twelve Apostles is still celebrated at the church every June 30th.

The roof of the church from the inside

Just outside the church, and if you get it right, you can get the Acropolis and the Parthenon into the frame for a great photo.

Since the Church of the Holy Apostles Athens is located in the Ancient Agora of Athens, it has the same opening hours.

Winter Season – November 1st to March 31st

Monday to Sunday 08:00 – 17:00

Summer Season – April 1st to October 31st

Monday to Sunday 08:00 – 20:00

Closed

January 1st, March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, December 25th and 26th

My photos of the Church of the Holy Apostles Athens

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