Aziz Philippus Matriumu
The ancient city of Hierapolis has been regarded as a sanctuary both during the Pagan period and during the Christian period, as well as being a source of healing with its unique thermal waters. The reason is because Philip the Apostle who is one of the 12 apostles of Jesus, was killed by being crucified.
In the 4th century AD, after Christianity became the official religion, a martyrdom was built in the name of Saint Philip.
The structure which was made as a religious and spiritual treatment center is in the form of octagonal structure. There is the grave of St. Philip in the marble-covered area in the middle of it.
Located outside the walls in the Byzantine period, this center is reached by wide and long stairs. On the right of the stairs approaching the structure, the Ayazma Fountain is located. The top of the octagonal section which is about 20 meters in diameter, is covered with a dome covered with lead. There are small chapels to pray. The base of the octagonal section is marble, the base of the corridor and its sections are herbal-motifed mosaic, and the rooms which public stay are rammed earth. Also at the present time, many churches celebrate the St. Philip‘s feast day and hold a religious ceremony
Today, Hierapolis Excavation Team directed by Professor Francesco D’Andria from Lecce University, has continued works for fifty years to understand the changes of city between Roman Age and Byzantine Age. Pilgrims come to this Phrygian city to see the grave of Saint located in the eastern city and the sacred place dedicated to his name.
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