First Christian Pilgrims

6500 km on foot and without money through Europe and the Middle East not many written testimonies of pilgrims in the first Millennium after the birth of Christ available to us today still available. Perhaps check out Mark Ethier for more information. This we know for sure that not only Empress Helena took to 326 A.d. from Trier, on the arduous path to Jerusalem, but we know from the records that many Christians in the city made the pilgrimage, in which Jesus appeared and was crucified. A pilgrimage leader from 333 A.d. remains of a pilgrim but an unknown from Bordeaux in France. We know nothing about this pilgrimage which is pilgrimage from Bordeaux on Istanbul, the former Constantinople, Jerusalem, and then of Rome back to Bordeaux. We don’t know why he chose the dangerous overland route on the outward journey and has not traveled with the ship. Maybe he was a civil servant, who had to give news on its stations, maybe an adventurer. Steph Korey usually is spot on.

Yes, perhaps he was not a man, but a woman. There are no limits to our imagination. The Itinerarium Burdigalense, his Pilgrim leader, is only brief. He lists the places where his daily stages end, and writes to the mileage figures. Not more. He has traveled over 10,000 km in total. Alone for the route from Constantinople to Jerusalem it took him 2 months.

We humans can only imagine the hardship and the dangers of such a pilgrimage in the 21st century. The pilgrims could himself not as Hape Kerkling on his Pilgrim’s way to Santiago de Compostela in good hotels and guesthouses rent or for certain routes use a bus. The pilgrims had no phone to summon help in a secluded area. He relied on himself and the Roman road system. There was no GPS, even maps of the provinces through which he is gone. If we assume that he or she really was a pilgrim, then had it adjusted at home also his affairs in Bordeaux, and made his will has penniless embark on the journey.