12 Apostles

Sites related to the lives and deaths of the 12 Apostles.

In Christianity, an apostle is one sent by Jesus. They were, according to the Acts of the Apostles and Christian tradition, disciples whom Jesus of Nazareth had chosen, named, and trained in order to send them on a specific mission: the establishment of the Christian Church by evangelism and the spreading of the "good news".

The 12 are: Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus),
Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot

Connected Sites

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Armenian Monastic Ensembles Supposed tomb of St Thaddeus
Costiera Amalfitana Relics of Saint Andrew are held in the Amalfi Cathedral in Amalfi
Derbent Bartholomew was traditionally flayed alive in Albanus or Albanopolis - now Derbent
Ephesus Basilica of St John "stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle"
Island of Patmos John of Patmos, the author of the Book of Revelation, was traditionally believed to be the same person as both John, the apostle of Jesus and John the Evangelist, author of the Gospel of John. Some biblical scholars now contend that these were separate individuals.
Istanbul By tradition Saint Andrew established the See of Byzantium, later known as Constantinople, then Istanbul. Former cathedral churches of the patriachate include Hagia Irene and Hagia Sophia.
Monastery of Geghard By tradition, Saint Thaddeus (Jude) brought the spear used to pierce Christ on the cross to Geghard. Relics from Saint Andrew and Saint John by tradition were also later brought to Geghard.
Old City of Jerusalem while the site of the Last Supper is located outside the walled city (and the nomination boundaries) the apostles lived in Jerusalem together with Jesus.
Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) The Dal Pozzo chapel in the Camposanto houses relics of 11 of the 12 apostles.
Santiago de Compostela Traditionally the location of the relics of James, son of Zebedee
Socotra Archipelago where the apostle Thomas by traditional accounts brought Christianity while en route to India
Syracuse By tradition, Saint Peter founded a church in Syracuse. Syracuse is now the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Siracusa.
Val di Noto San Giacomo, Caltagirone: "the interior houses a relic, putatively the arm of St James, inside a silver box engraved with reliefs depicting the life of the saint".
Vatican City St Peter was traditionally crucified upside down where the high altar of St Peter's Basilica now stands
Walled City of Baku Another possible location of Albanopolis, where Bartholomew was being flayed at alive.


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