Archeologists have found the tomb of St. Philip the Apostle, one of the 12 original disciples of Jesus Christ, in the southwestern province of Denizli in Turkey.
The tomb was discovered at the ruins of a recently unearthed church in the ancient Turkish city of Hierapolis (Pamukkale), said Italian professor and archaeologist Francesco D’Andria.
Headed by D’Andria, the archeological team found the burial chamber of St. Philip while working to excavate a newly discovered church in the city, the Voice of Russia reported.
“The structure of the tomb as well as inscriptions found on it proves that it belongs to Saint Philip the Apostle, who also died a martyr,” D’Andria stated.
According to the New Testament, Jesus had 12 special followers, called “Apostles”, including Simon Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Mathew, James (son of Alpheus), Jude, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.
The tombs of several of the Apostles have previously been found, with Saint Peter’s being in Rome, Saint Andrew’s in Greece, Saint John and Saint Bartholomew’s in Turkey, and Saint Thomas’s in India
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