Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

Illustrations 2: From Milan to Sirmium (4-6)


A row of columns, still standing in the square in front of the Early Christian church of San Lorenzo, is witness of the grandeur of the 4th century Mediolanum (Milan - Italy). Here, in 313 AD, the Emperors Constantine and Licinius delivered their famous edict, which ended the persecutions and granted freedom to the Christians of all the Roman Empire.
The author of the itinerary was twice in Milan: once when he was going towards Palaestina by land through the Balkans, and a second time when he was returning, in a more direct way, through the Italian peninsula and the city of Rome. Indeed, his journey stops indeed in Milan where he might have taken up residence.

4. Roman columns in Milan



The Early-Christian basilica of Aquileia, with its beautiful mosaic floor, was dedicated in 313 AD The Latin inscription, set in a circular frame and preceded by the Christ monogram (XP), is addressed to the bishop: "O happy Theodore. With the help of the almighty God and of the flock which was given to you by Heaven, you did make everything happily to be gloriously consecrated."

5. Mosaic from Aquileia


Aerial view of the Triglav mountain, the highest peak (2864 m) of the Julian Alps. Our pilgrim may have crossed the Alps at a better, and lower, point.

6. The Triglav summit

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