Church of Agioi Apostoloi (the Holy Apostles)

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This essentially is a complex of constructions distributed within a clearly outlines space that has already since the 14th century, undergone quite a series of interventions. Excavations conducted on this site have brought to light the vestiges of an old, three-nave church dating from the 14th century and believed to have been destroyed either at the time of the siege of Rhodes by the Ottomans, in 1480 or as of the earthquake that shook the island the following year. Also unearthed, as of said excavations, was a tomb plate dating from 1476 that used to ornate the sepulchre of Jacobus de Priolis, a Venetian nobleman, along with a series of underground crypts.
Two more churches have been erected on that same site at a later time, the patron saints of which remain unknown, the sole reference to such churches being that found in the Registry of the Knights of the Order of St. John / Malta, suggesting that the church of Agioi Apostoloi (the Holy Apostles) was situated on the junction of Socratous and Ippodamou streets. In the wake of the last and finally successful siege of the City of Rhodes by the Ottomans, in 1522, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566) had the premises modified and converted to a paupers home, as confirmed by an inscription over the gateway to the complex, reading “You are sustained by the Will of God”.


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