The tomb of St. Philip the Apostle, one of the original 12 disciples of Christianity's central figure Jesus Christ, has been discovered during the ongoing excavations in Turkey's south-western province of Denizli.
Italian professor Francesco D'Andria, the head of the excavation team at the Hierapolis ancient city in Denizli, told reporters on Tuesday that experts had reached the tomb of St. Philip whose name is mentioned in the Bible as one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus.
Professor D'Andria said archeologists had been working for years to find the tomb of the Biblical figure, and finally, they had managed to reach the monument while working on the ruins of a newly-unearthed church in Hierapolis.
D'Andria said the structure of the tomb and the writings on it proved that it belonged to St. Philip the Apostle, who is recognized as a martyr in the history of Christianity.
Describing the discovery as a major development both for archeology and the Christian world, D'Andria said the tomb, which had not been opened yet, was expected to become an important Christian pilgrimage destination.
Hierapolis, whose name means "sacred city", is an ancient city located next to the renowned Pamukkale, white Travertine terraces, in Denizli province. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city, famous for its historical hot springs used as a spa since the 2nd century, is a mixture of Pagan, Roman, Jewish and early Christian influences.
Ancient tradition associates Hierapolis with St. Philip the Apostle, who is believed to have died in the city around 80 AD. The follower, who is known as the apostle who preached in Greece, Syria, and Phrygia, is said to have been martyred in Hierapolis. The legend is that St. Philip was crucified upside-down or martyred by beheading.
After the apostle's death, an octagonal tomb named "The Martryium" was erected for him where he is believed to have been martyred.
HDP withdraws from parliamentary commission investigating four former Turkish ministers over graft allegations
Applauds request by Turkey to have group of Uighur discovered in Thai border camp in March relocated to Ankara
Media organizations not allowed to broadcast work of parliamentary investigating commission until Dec. 27
Erdogan says Muslim world should unite to put an end to the crises in Middle East.
The Supreme Military Council (YAS) will meet with Prime Minister Davutoglu and for the first time Erdogan will sign the YAS decisions as President
Mevlut Casvusoglu held phone conversations with Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari
Turkish dailies on Thursday cover Turkey’s president’s remarks on the ongoing Kurdish 'solution process' and have reported on a hearing into the death of a protester injured during the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
Palestine recognizes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to resolve the Palestine issue, says Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian parliament.
The consumer confidence index in Turkey has dropped for the second consecutive month in November, Turkish Statistical Institute has said in a new report
Number of suspects for murder of Serbian basketball fan rises to seven.
Russia and Turkey will continue to boost bilateral relations at the highest level despite differences over Ukraine, says Russia’s ambassador to Turkey.
The organized industrial zone will be established in the city of Jenin in the West Bank
A new political party called the Electronic Democracy Party, or e-Party, has emerged in Turkey weeks before the country enters election year in 2015.
Turkish president restates that "What women need is to be equally respected, rather than equal"
Turkish FM says Turkey wants to host nearly 300 Uighurs, who were found at a human smuggling camp in Thailand in March
Three dismissed executives of Turkey's Star Media Group reject as 'slander,' the accusations made against them by an 'abuse campaign'