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A 1,000-year-old road lost to time
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Posted on 12/05/2018 2:39:13 PM PST by BenLurkin

In 990AD, the Archbishop of Canterbury named Sigeric the Serious had a more practical reason to walk to Rome. Having risen into his prestigious office, he needed to visit the Vatican to be ordained and collect his official garments. At the time he made the journey, there were many different paths to Rome. But Sigeric, who’d left from Canterbury, wrote down his route home through Italy, Switzerland, France and into the UK, cataloguing the towns he stayed in on his journey. The route he took now makes up the official Via Francigena. The only part that cannot be completed on foot is the English Channel, which medieval pilgrims crossed by boat (and modern pilgrims on the Dover-to-Calais ferry).

As the Renaissance blossomed in Europe, the Via Francigena began to decline in popularity. Trading routes multiplied and shifted to pass through Florence, one of Italy’s most significant intellectual, artistic and mercantile cities at the time.

The Via Francigena became, for the most part, forgotten, although sections remained in use as local roads and footpaths. Things remained that way until 1985. That year, a Tuscan anthropologist, writer and adventurer named Giovanni Caselli was looking for new topics to write travel books about. As an enthusiastic hiker who had also walked the old Silk Road through China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Caselli decided to walk the Via Francigena after learning about Sigeric’s route.

After Caselli published his book about the Via Francigena in 1990, the route started gaining attention. In 1994, the Via Francigena became one of the Council of Europe’s designated Cultural Routes. Then in 2006, the organisations that oversee the Via Francigena decided on the official route that pilgrims walk today. Many pilgrims see it as an alternative or follow-up to Spain’s better known – and much busier ­– Camino de Santiago.

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TOPICS: History; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: 990ad; ad990; allroadsleadwhere; caminodesantiago; canterbury; china; florence; france; giovannicaselli; godsgravesglyphs; italy; middleages; renaissance; sigerictheserious; silkroad; spain; switzerland; tajikistan; tuscany; uzbekistan; viafrancigena
Some nice pics at the link
1 posted on 12/05/2018 2:39:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 12/05/2018 2:39:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

What an interesting article! Thank you for posting it!


3 posted on 12/05/2018 2:41:53 PM PST by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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To: BenLurkin

YouTube has some videos about the Via Francigena. Here’s one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__nP7rjGd3c


4 posted on 12/05/2018 3:11:12 PM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: BenLurkin
Get your kicks on Route 66 Via Francigena


5 posted on 12/05/2018 3:26:25 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Nice!


6 posted on 12/05/2018 3:33:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

BTTT


7 posted on 12/05/2018 3:35:29 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: BenLurkin

European Appalachian Trail


8 posted on 12/05/2018 4:07:44 PM PST by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Ya can't get there from here!"


9 posted on 12/05/2018 4:34:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committtee)
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To: BenLurkin

Santiago de Compostela,,,
The Sheens’ movie,
The Way.


10 posted on 12/05/2018 5:42:12 PM PST by Big Red Badger (Despised by the Despicable!)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; ...
Via Francigena... [singing] Hey, Francigena... [/singing]
Thanks BenLurkin and a fool in paradise!

11 posted on 12/05/2018 11:35:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: Nailbiter

flr


12 posted on 12/06/2018 12:03:56 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: a fool in paradise
R.E.M. - Can't Get There From Here

R.E.M. - Can't Get There From Here

13 posted on 12/06/2018 12:04:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: BenLurkin

Talking Heads

https://youtu.be/LQiOA7euaYA


14 posted on 12/06/2018 12:15:39 AM PST by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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