Pilgrims’ progress

Two institutions, the unusual French baron who built them, and the extraordinary people running them.

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March 19, 2015 14:58
Jerusalem

The view from the Notre Dame de Jerusalem Center rooftop.. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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In the spring of 1882, French Baron Amadeus Marie Paul de Piellat led the first penitential pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It was called the Grand Caravan de Mille: the Pilgrimage of the Thousand. Anxious to atone for their sins, 1,000 rich, devout French Catholics made the trip to the Holy City.

Unfortunately there were not yet suitable overnight accommodations in Jerusalem for such a large group.

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