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Near Pamukkale in Merkez (District), Denizli, Turkey
 

Martyrion of St. Philip

Hierapolis of Phrygia

 
 
Martyrion of St. Philip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
1. Martyrion of St. Philip Marker
Inscription. The church with an octagon core was built at the beginning of the 5th century on the summit of the hill. This is probably where, according to tradition, the Apostle was martyred. The building has an eight-sided central room surmounted by a wooden cupola. From each of the eight sides of the central space there was access to a rectangular room through three arches supported by marble columns with capitals decorated with acanthus leaves. The shape of the central room is a reference to the number eight which symbolises eternity. The church is situated inside a square composed of 28 rooms for housing pilgrims which were accessed from the outside. As in other Byzantine sanctuaries associated with healing powers (e.g. that of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople), in these rooms incubation rites were practised: during sleep, the Saint cured the sick and made prophecies concerning the future.
 
Location. 37° 55.864′ N, 29° 7.816′ E. Marker is near Pamukkale, Denizli, in Merkez (District). Marker can be reached from Pamukkale just north of Yeniköy Yolu, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. From the archaeological park's visitor center at the south park entrance, this marker is actually located to the north, along an un-named park roadway
Martyrion of St. Philip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
2. Martyrion of St. Philip Marker
Distant view of the marker, on the right side of the front entrance walkway.
(that also serves as a pedestrian trail), that private cars cannot drive on. So one can either walk there, or pay to be driven there. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20190 Pamukkale, Pamukkale, Denizli 20190, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Theatre (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Temple Nymphaeum (3rd century AD) / Tapinak Nymphaeumu(i.S, III. yüzyıl) (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Hierapolis (approx. one kilometer away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is situated at the summit of a hill, beyond the ruins of the city, approximately one kilometer north of the south gate visitor center and east of the city ruins. I have bad knees and paid a fee for a driver to take me to various sites within the archaeological park, including this one.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionParks & Recreational Areas
 
Martyrion of St. Philip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
3. Martyrion of St. Philip Marker
View of our guide getting ready to walk past the marker, into the ruins of the Martyrion of St. Philip.
Martyrion of St. Philip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
4. Martyrion of St. Philip Marker
View of people standing in the center of the Martyrion of St. Philip.
Martyrion of St. Philip image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
5. Martyrion of St. Philip
A distant view of the ruins of the Martyrion of St. Philip.
Martyrion of St. Philip image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
6. Martyrion of St. Philip
View, looking down from the summit of the hill where the Martyrion of St. Philip is located, toward the burial chamber of St. Philip.
Burial site of the martyred St. Philip image. Click for full size.
By Pam Benington, June 15, 2018
7. Burial site of the martyred St. Philip
View of the recently discovered burial chamber of the martyred St. Philip, for which the Martyrion of St. Philip was built.
Burial site of the martyred St. Philip image. Click for full size.
By Pam Benington, June 15, 2018
8. Burial site of the martyred St. Philip
View of the interior of the recently discovered burial chamber of the martyred St. Philip, for which the Martyrion of St. Philip was built.
Martyrion of St. Philip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
9. Martyrion of St. Philip Marker
Distant view of the Martyrion of St. Philip (on the higher ground) and of the recently discovered burial chamber of the martyred St. Philip, for which the Martyrion of St. Philip was built (on the lower ground beneath the Martyrion of St. Philip).
Site of the Martyrion of St. Philip image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2018
10. Site of the Martyrion of St. Philip
A panoramic view as seen from the burial site of St. Philip on the right, and from the site of the Martyrion of St. Philip on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 15, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 16, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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