Category:Church of the Holy Apostles (Constantinople)
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English: The Church of the Holy Apostles, also known as the Imperial Polyandreion, was a Christian basilica built in Constantinople (then the capital of the Byzantine Empire) in 550. Historical sources provide descriptive information about the church and related structures. The church was built to preserve the holy relics of the twelve Apostles, however only a few relics could be obtained. The church was rebuilt during the reign of Justinian I. It was cruciform in plan with five domes. It had a projecting narthex and an atrium. The building materials left from the Hagia Sophia were utilised. All emperors who ruled since the time of Constantine I to Constantine VIII were buried there. Alexios III Angelos had the graves of the emperors looted to obtain revenues. In the Latin invasion of 1204 the tombs were once more pillaged and robbed of their relics. Portions of the church had fallen into ruins in the 14th century. It was granted to the Patriarch after the Ottoman conquest. Because of its ruinous condition, the patriarch moved to today's Fethiye Mosque in 1456. Today's Fatih Mosque was built on the ruins of the church by Sultan Mehmed II (1451-1481).