Tag: Via Francigena

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This year I have spent more time in Switzerland visiting places along the Via Francigena pilgrimage route. Do read my Swiss Via Francigena story about the seven places where Sigeric rested on his journey home from Rome to Canterbury in 990. A similar story is […]

Grand St-Bernard Pass

Grand St-Bernard Pass

Grand St-Bernard Pass is a gateway between Switzerland and Italy that has been used by travellers for thousands of years. But at an altitude of 2473 m (8114 ft) the weather can be very unpredictable, as I discovered last Saturday!  I travelled up to the […]

The Via Francigena begins at Canterbury Cathedral

The Via Francigena begins at Canterbury Cathedral

 

 

Via Francigena
Milestone at start of pilgrimage to Rome

The Via Francigena is an ancient medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. The itinerary is based on the journey made by Sigeric, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 990 AD. He had travelled to Rome to receive his Pallium from the Pope. And, on his return he made diary entries recording the 79 stages of his journey.Today, many pilgrims follow in his footsteps walking from Canterbury, through France, Switzerland and Italy to Rome.  The beginning of this journey is marked by this milestone.

For hundreds of years, Canterbury Cathedral has been a site for pilgrimages. Mostly, because pilgrims came to the tomb of Saint Thomas Beckett, who was murdered in the Cathedral. His blood was said to have worked miracles. Today, the exact location of his tomb is unknown.