Santi Apostoli, with the adjacent Romanesque chapel of the Sante Teuteria e Tosca, is an ancient Roman Catholic church in front of a piazza off Corso Cavour. A church at this site of the Chiesetta was consecrated in 751 on an earlier fifth-century structure, but reconstructed in the 12th-century. Reconstruction of this and Santi Apostoli were pursued across the centuries including major ones in the 18th and 20th-centuries. Over the 18th and 19th century, the Chiesetta was linked to the larger church of Santi Apostoli, converting into almost a chapel. In the 19th-centuries, restorations aimed to re-display the earlier construction, and remove latter accretions. The latter reconstruction addressed damage from bombardments during the war. Of the original Romanesque architecture only some of the walls, the apse, and the tall pale brick and stone, bell-tower remain. The tower contains six bells in scale of Ab, cast in 1817 and still ringing in Veronese bellringing art.
The interior was reduced from three to one nave in the 1500s. Through the sacristy, one can enter the partially subterranean brick chapel of Sante Teuteria e Tosca, located on the north side of the church. The cult of these saints, whose biographies are poorly documented, developed around 1160, when the relics of the saints were discovered and entombed in a marble ark. The medieval ark is now present atop the Baroque main altar; reliefs on the ark date from 1428.
To the right of the altar is the tomb (1368) of Francesco Bevilacqua. A marble monument for three brothers of the Bevilacqua was added in the 16th century. The urn has sculpted images of the three theologic virtues.References:
Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of 'prescribed cross' type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.
The fortress was established in the 4th century and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.