The Martyrium Church of the Apostle Philip in Hierapolis (AD 400s)

For many years it was assumed that the tomb of the apostle Philip was located in the center of the large domed Martyrium Hall of Hierapolis (modern Pemmukale), but it was never found. In the summer of 2011, Italian archeologist Francesco D’Andria discovered the tomb of Philip in a newly excavated church located only forty yards to the right of the Martyrium Hall. It is believed that this early church was built around Philip’s tomb in the early 400s. According to D’Andria, the tomb design and the writing on its walls prove it belonged to Philip. Philip’s physical remains were likely taken to Constantinople at the end of the 500s, and possibly put in the Church of the Apostles.