Author Archives: Power of Pilgrimage

The Routes to Jerusalem. Making new times from old

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The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Jerusalem – for Pilgrims to the Holy Land

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From the Walls of Constantinople to the Security Wall

  We had been walking for many months to see them. The Walls of Constantinople.  They are stirring, ancient, like the decaying teeth of a defeated warrior.   These walls have protected different Cities, all in this place.  There was walled … Continue reading

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Jordan, Palestine, and Israel – a tale or two borders, or three?

  By the actions of the Imperial Powers, and out of their self interest this unified part of the Persian, Roman, and Ottoman Empires and the promised single Arab State,  is now divided into little and not so little states.  … Continue reading

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Orte der Ruhe in Syrien

In einem von Unruhen und Konflikten geplagten Land wie Syrien veraendert sich das oeffentliche Leben fuer Einheimische und Fremde bedeutend. Durch all die Ereignisse der letzten Monate scheint die persoenliche Sicherheit staendig in Gefahr zu sein. Auf unserer raschen Durchreise … Continue reading

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Syria

Having decided to enter Syria, but bypass the troubling and troubled areas, it was not hard to see that we would be on foot for a limited period of time. Nonetheless, we followed the route as best we could. Aleppo, … Continue reading

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From Tarsus to Antioch, and the Syrian Gates

Tarsus, Adana, to Ceyhan, Aşağiburnaz, Payas and over the Syrian Gates (pass) to Iskenderun. Tarsus shares a history with the rest of the coastal lowland strip between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean.   This strip has been a contact point … Continue reading

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Das Meistgebrauchte aus der Reiseapotheke

Wahrend den ueber 2500km des Zu-Fuss-Unterwegsseins haben ich mich stets auf meine Beine und Fuesse verlassen koennen – fuer jeden Schritt, den ich seit Beginn der Pilgerreise getan habe. In den letzten Tagen schaute ich beim Gehen immer wieder auf … Continue reading

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Tarsus

We know that Alexander was not the first to use the Cilisian Gates, and that it remained the major Roman Route into the Byzantine Period (there is an earlier milestone in a service station dated to 232 AD) – for … Continue reading

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Tarsus to Canterbury – 26th. March 668

Can I introduce you to Theodore of Tarsus? Having arrived in Tarsus (more of that later) from Canterbury, I feel a great affinity with this native of Tarsus who ended up at the very start of my journey but 1300 years earlier … Continue reading

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