Hierapolis of PhrygiaThe 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.
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|Date Added||Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||26S E 312782 N 4200306|
|Decimal Degrees||37.93106667, 29.13026667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 55.864', E 29° 7.816'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 55' 51.8400" N, 29° 7' 48.9600" E|
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|Area Code(s)||703, 571|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Denizli 20190, TR|
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