The tomb of Saint Philip, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, might have been unearthed in southwestern Turkey, according to Italian archaeologists who have been excavating the area for decades.
Francesco D’Andria, director of the Institute of Archaeological Heritage, Monuments and Sites at Italy’s National Research Council in Lecce, found the burial after intensive geophysical research at the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale.
“It was believed that the tomb of St. Philip was on Martyrs’ Hill, but we found no traces of him in that area,” D’Andria said. “The tomb emerged as we excavated a fifth century church 40 meters away from the church dedicated to the saint on Martyrs’ Hill.”
According to D’Andria, the grave was moved from its previous location in the St. Philip Church to the new church in the Bizantine era.