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This may just look like a pleasant wooded hill, with more ancient ruins scattered around, but it's one of the most sacred places of Christendom.
That's why I decided to post the photo accompanied by the result of my researches, as we only saw the place from afar unfortunately, our time at Hierapolis-Pamukkale being short.

Philip was one of the 12 Apostles, a figure of some prominence in the 4th Gospel of St John where he is described as one of the first followers of Jesus.
He is mentioned with the "miraculous feeding of the 5000" and with Jesus' discourse at the Last Supper.
He was from Bethsaida on the Northern shore of the sea of Galilee, the city of Andrew and Peter, and had previously been a disciple of John the Baptist.

After Jesus' resurrection, Philip preached in Greece, Syria and Asia Minor.
He is said to have met a Martyr's death in Hierapolis around 80AD.

A Martyrium is a sacred place built over the tomb of a martyr.
St Philip's martyrium was built between the 4th and 5th century in one of the most remarkable structures in all of ancient Christendom.
In the 7th century, a disastrous earthquake accompanied by a fire destroyed the entire complex.

Photo taken with the zoom from Hierapolis agora.

New sizes being allowed by TE, I decided to go slowly and try 850 pix max.

4 WS complete the little dossier.

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