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Church of Agii Apostoli of Solakis

Church of Agii Apostoli of Solakis is a cruciform domed church of the Byzantine period in the Ancient Agora.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    It suffered disasters during the Greek Revolution.

    1954 The restoration of the monument to its original form was completed in 1957 by the American School of Classical Studies. Today, it operates as a church only one day a year, on the feast of the Holy Apostles.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

    Constructed around 1000 AD.

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

It is both the most characteristic monument of the Byzantine period within the Ancient Agora, and its only medieval monument. Architecturally, the church of Agii Apostoli is a combination of different types of church construction (quadrangular and cruciform inscribed). It was probably an early Christian church, which was later adapted to the architecture of the mid-Byzantine period. Its pericentral shape gives the feeling of greater unity of space in the interior, unlike the usual cruciform churches, which have a lower roof at the edges and a smaller dome. It can be considered, therefore, a work of genius. It is also adorned with Cufic (Arabic) patterns and has serrated strips running through it. The dome is of Athenian type with 4 columns, and the frescoes of the central aisle are from the 17th- 18th centuries. These are the main reasons why the church was not demolished, unlike other churches.

What I can't see

The church went through four construction phases and was located in the centre of a Byzantine district. The name “Solakis” probably comes from a family that lived nearby. The church was built on a nymphaeum that dates back to the 2nd century AD.


Unsigned, (2012), Ιερός Ναός Αγίων Αποστόλων Αρχαίας Αγοράς Αθηνών, [Church of Holy Apostles in the Ancient Agora of Athens], Odysseus, Ministry of Culture,

Τελευταία επίσκεψη 10/2/2022


Unsigned, (d.u.), Απόστολοι, Άγιοι (Σολάκη), Αρχαία ΑγοράΑθήνα, [Apostles, Holy (Solaki), Ancient Agora- Athens], in Βυζαντινά Μνημεία Αττικής, [Byzantine Monuments of Attica], NRF

Last visit 10/2/2022


Bouras C., (2010), Βυζαντινή Αθήνα, 10ος– 12ος αιώνα, [Byzantine Athens 10th– 12th century], Benaki Museum


Panagopoulou A., (2014), Agioi Apostoloi (“tou Solaki”), in Navigating the routes of Art and Culture, Part 1, Athens, Ministry of Culture and Sports