Early Christian tradition states that Philip the Apostle (= disciple of Jesus), along with his daughters, settled at Hierapolis.
Tradition states that Philip was martyred and buried at Hierapolis. In July of 2011 it was announced that the very Tomb of Philip had been discovered. In another release it is stated that the actual Church/Tomb was located on a hill 120 ft. [40 m.] from the Martyrium.
View of Philip’s Tomb on the right side of the image. It is built out of hewn stone and has a gabled roof. The open area in the foreground is actually part of a basilica style fifth century church. To the left of the church, notice the stairs that lead up the hill.
View looking southeast at the central apse, chancel, and nave of the fifth century Byzantine Basilica. The benches in the apse (synthronos) were used for clergy.
Recently some of the columns of the church have been re-erected.
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