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"THE WAY TO JERUSALEM: MARITIME CULTURAL AND PILGRIMAGE ROUTES EUROPEAN CULTURAL ITINERARY" is based on travelled routes within the Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land.


The itinerary we propose is based on the routes indicated by the accounts of the pilgrims,

  1. initially activating the sea route joining the ports of southern Puglia to the Levant (Jaffa, Acre, Jerusalem) and subsequently introducing regional connections with the northern Adriatic, especially Venice and Croatia.
  2. Part of the Via Danubia along the coast of the Black Sea to Constantinople, Rhodes, and there down to join the Adriatic road to Jerusalem.

The project involves at the moment the following Countries:

Italy, Greece and Bulgaria, subsequently introducing regional connections with the northern Adriatic, especially Croatia, Slovenia, Albania from Adriatic Sea; Cyprus, Turkey, Libano, Israel, etc., from Mediterranean Sea; Countries from Black Sea.

Italy

Cultural Association "VIATOR STUDIES CENTRE. Research and Development of Historical Mediterranean Routes"
Department of Cultural Heritage,
University of Salento - Via Dalmazio Birago, 64- 73100 Lecce - Italy

Greece
Manager of European Projects
Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Xanthi
Vas. Konstantinou 1 1, Xanthi, 67100 Greece

Bulgaria
Burgas Regional Tourist
Regional and local development agency
Lermontov, Str. 52, Burgas,
8000 Bulgaria

The “Way To Jerusalem” International Association is proposing as a candidate for recognition by the Council of Europe the cultural itinerary entitled:
“The Way To Jerusalem: Maritime Cultural And Pilgrimage Routes”, presenting a project that involves (with partnership agreements already concluded or currently being finalised)
countries with a coast on the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.The proposed itinerary follows traditional pilgrimage routes towards the Holy Land.

It includes both a) flows from central and western Europe that headed to Venice and sailed from there, calling at Adriatic ports and thenjoining up with ships heading to the
Holy Land across the Mediterranean Sea from the West (Malta, Tunisia); and b) pilgrimage flows from the countries of central and eastern Europe from the Black Sea that converged off the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean Sea. Jerusalem was the shared objective, in an epoch when the city was at the centre of the known world.



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Ms Anna Trono
University of Salento - Via Dalmazio Birago, 64- 73100 Lecce - Italy
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Ms Anthi Panagiotou
Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Xanthi
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Regional and local development agency
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e-mail sonya_enilova@abv.bg

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