Athens Holy Apostles church

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Location: Thissio

The Church of the Holy Apostles in Ancient Agora, Athens: The Church of the Holy Apostles is located on the western side of the Ancient Agora of Athens and it dates from the middle 10th century. This church is particularly significant as this is the only monument in the Agora, other than the Temple of Hephaestus, to survive intact since its foundation.

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The architecture of the church is also significant as it marks the beginning of the so-called "Athenian type", combining the simple four-pier with the cross-in-square forms. The altar and floor were from marble. The floor plan had a cross with apses on four sides and four columns supporting the dome. Many interesting wall paintings from the 17th century survive in this church.

Constructed partly over a 2nd-century sanctuary of the Nymphes (nymphaioin) and partly on a demolished Byzantine residence, the Church of the Holy Apostles is also known as Holy Apostles of Solaki. The Solakis were either the family who sponsored a later renovation of the church or a family who populated the area around the chapel in the 19th century. The last restoration of the church was between 1954 and 1957.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Church of the Holy Apostles, from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

On foot: As the Church of the Holy Apostles is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station, in less than 20 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro stations are "Thissio" on line 1 and “Monastiraki” on lines 1 and 3. Note that the Church of the Holy Apostles is located within a 7-minute walking distance from the metro stations. Get a map of the metro here.

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