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The Fascination For The Holy Land During The Centuries

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The old churches, the Western Wall that Christians call the Wailing Wall, the remnants of hospices, the pilgrims crosses in the churches at Bethlehem and Jerusalem, yes even the remarkable continuity of olive wood souvenirs still sold today in the Holy Land, are all persistent reminders to the modern visitor of the many that came here before him. There were also two more motifs for going to Palestine: first, the rituals and the music in the Palestine churches, especially the liturgy in Jerusalem. A second reason was to see the ascetics; ascetics living on the fringes of the desert, fighting Satan and living from practically nothing. The Dutchman De Vos discovered at the end of the sixteenth century more than 5,000 European pilgrims in Jerusalem for an Eastern pilgrimage.

Keywords: Eastern pilgrimage; Holy Land; Jerusalem; Palestine churches; sixteenth century



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