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

Illustrations 5: From Tarsus to Caesarea (13-15)

13. The apostles Peter and Paul 13.

The apostles Peter (left) and Paul (rigth) depicted in gold on a 4th century Roman glass. Although Paul was born in Tarsus, he grew up in Jerusalem as we learn from Acts 22:3. Tarsus was a well-known centre of culture. The importance of the city of Tarsus resulted from its position on the road that crossed the Taurus Mountains through the narrow pass of the Cilician Gates. The apostle Paul too took this road in his second and third missionary journey.


The town of Antioch as represented in the Peutinger Map (Tabula Peuntingeriana). The map is an 11th century copy of an older one, dating to the 2nd or 3rd century AD, of all the Roman World. Roads are marked in red, names and distances in black. The main cities are represented as goddesses seated on thrones. Smaller sites appear just as a pair of small towers or houses. To the personification of the city is added here the model of the source of Daphne, reaching the town by means of an arched aqueduct.

14. The town of Antiochia

15. Mount Carmel 15.

On Mount Carmel, the spirit of the prophet Elijah is still alive. "Stella Maris", a Carmelite monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built on the promontory of the Carmel around a grotto which is said to have been inhabited by the great prophet.

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