For example, the medieval crusades, a series of wars sanctioned by the Roman Church in the 11th-13th centuries, were considered at the time as a form of armed pilgrimage to recover Jerusalem. Whatever the motivations for ‘Holy Wars’, as with all violent conflict they result in great human suffering and often entail the enforced travel of refugees fleeing for their lives. Even the two central mosques in Serrekunda and Banjul, whilst heavily attended, are unostentatiously decorated – sometimes the only reminder they are present is the hypnotic call to prayer of the muezzin.
As you drive to the Holy City, enjoy spectacular panoramic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. Having arrived at your accommodation, perhaps go for a walk through the Garden of Gethsemane if time permits. This tranquil garden is where Jesus is said to have been arrested. The beautiful church is built over a … Read More