Istanbul: The tomb of Saint Philip, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, has been discovered in Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday.
The discovery was made in Hierapolis at the ancient excavation site in the southwestern province of Denizli, said Francesco D`Andria, the head of the excavation team.
People believed the tomb of Saint Philip was in the "hill of the dead" in Hierapolis, but the team found a new church ruins near the hill where the tomb actually lies.
"The discovery of the tomb of St Philip, who is a very important figure in Christianity, will make a tremendous impression in the world," D`Andria said.
Archaeologists had been working for years to look for the tomb of the Biblical figure.
Hierapolis is an ancient city and also a Unesco World Heritage Site. The city, famous for its historical hot springs, comprises a mixture of Pagan, Roman, Jewish and early Christian influences.
Saint Philip is believed to have died in Hierapolis around 80 A.D.
Legend says Saint Philip was crucified upside-down or martyred by beheading.
After his death, an octagonal tomb named "The Martryium" was erected for him.