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On the Jerusalem Way

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On foot and by bus
from Spain to Israel / Pal stine!
Pilgrimage in 5 sections

PART IV
Turkey / Asia Minor


The Jerusalem route through TURKEY is scenic,
culturally and historically wonderful & unique!



At the same time, it is also the largest of the
15 countries on the Jerusalem Way!


JERUSALEM WAY / KUD S YOLU / JERUSALEM WAY

On the international peace and culture route we made a pilgrimage from the DARDANELLES (border Europe / Asia) on foot and by bus for about 1.600 km through Turkey to ADANA. On this unique pilgrimage we discovered the cultural highlights of Asia Minor, the places where the apostles Paul and Barnabas founded early Christianity and the route of the III. Crusade under the Stauffer Emperor Friedrich I `` Barbarossa '' and experienced a landscape of incomparable fascination whose people met us with open cordiality.

The highlights of our route include: DARDANELLES, TROJA, ALEXANDRIA TROAS, ASSOS, PERGAMON, EPHESOS, ISPARTA THE LAND OF THE ROSES, TAURUS MOUNTAINS, KONYA, LYSTRA, DERBE, THE WILD ROMANTIC G KSU CANYON, THE END OF THE THIRD PARTY OLDEST STONE BRIDGE IN THE WORLD, LARGEST MOSQUE IN TURKEY AND THE OLDEST VILLAGE IN HUMANITY!

We would like to thank all participants and contributors for the time together and the wonderful experiences. The trip was fantastic and friendly people everywhere! T rkiye ok g zel!


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TRAVEL REPORT

Turkey / Asia Minor

(30.09.2016 - 12.10.2016)


Day

Arrival by plane to Istanbul Airport

We are waiting for the flight too early

Arrival at Istanbul airport, October 30.10.2016th, XNUMX

       

       Johannes Otto Erdal                    

   

                                                                                   
                                                                                                             Murat Nilg n         

 

           

                                                                Karin Hannelore Angela Yasar

       

                                                                          Maria Christine Helga

     

      Lidija Thomas

        

  Sepp Johann Christoph Maria

    

Edeltraud Christine

 

The first break: the food tastes great

The Jerusalem Way is well marked, some pilgrims have already left their mark ...

 

Meeting a carpenter 

 

We are safely on the road with our bus

 

Our first hike gives us a wonderful view of the sea and the Dardanelles

 

Erdal, Murat and Nilg n are making a single pilgrimage to Asia 

Dardanelles hike - with sea view in the sunset

2 day, KUMKALE - HIKE TO TAMIS - KORABASI

 

We are leaving Europe! Transfer to Asia by ferry

We enjoy the warm rays of the sun and the view of the sea

 

The port of CANAKKALE, where there is a Hollywood replica of the movie: The Trojan Horse invites you to take a group photo

 

Hike along the sea on Asian soil. Johannes and Otto mark the Jerusalemweg

Gentle, late summer mood on our pilgrimage

Visit to the excavation site TROJA, the symbolic horse welcomes us at the entrance

We listen eagerly to Erdal's story TROJAS, Roman mythology, Homer's epic

A pilgrim is also adventurous and daring, as a river is crossed once

Ground steeped in history, the old, Roman harbor street in ALEXANDRIA TROAS

And the impressive remains of an archway

In the darkness we arrived in the small village of KORUBASI. G nther from Germany,
who has lived in this village for 15 years, welcomes us with cay and fresh grapes.

Day , Climb to ASSOS, hike BERGAMON

A special start to the day in ASSOS. Breakfast outdoors with a view of the sea

Fantastic backdrop in ASSOS

Assos - wonderful

From the impressive theater, the view of the blue Mediterranean. A moment to pause.

Pomegranate trees

The bus continues to BERGAMON. Many a camel is encountered in traffic.

Gigantic pine trees line the way. We make a short stop to see the pine nuts harvested.

Everywhere people are showing positive interest in the Jerusalem Way 

PERGAMON / BERGAMA

The PERGAMON theater. The steepest theater in Asia Minor.

The police, our friend and helper, dutifully go about their work. We drive on and overnight in DIKILI

4 day, IZMIR

IZMIR, a metropolis beautifully located by the sea. The group shows severity

A visit to the large bazaar in IZMIR is a nice change from a pilgrimage

Spices and dried fruits invite you to taste

The clock tower, the symbol of IZMIR

 

We continue our pilgrimage towards Ephesus and enjoy the impressions of nature

Strengthening the tea house with cay and biscuits

The people are very hospitable and warmly welcome us

Goatherd with her herd

Paprika is dried in the sun

Every encounter with people is a gift

Johannes happily waits for his group next to the signpost with the markings

Shortly before the day's destination, nice conversations set in in the evening mood

5 day, EPHESUS, SELCUK

The world-famous CELSUS library from EPHESUS is very impressive

A large Marian monument on the way up to Haus Meryem

The altar of the house Maria, where she is said to have spent her last years

 

Traditional Turkish food: always freshly prepared, very delicious

The dough for the flatbread is prepared with pleasure

An oriental encounter, great photo opportunity

Visiting the grave of Apostle Johannes in the Johanneskirche in SELCUK

In the evening we will be rewarded with a beautiful sunset by the sea

6.Tag, Pamukkale

ERDAL and MURAT show us a carpet weaver and we get a great insight into this culture and the creation of a valuable carpet

Johannes is skilled at buttoning carpets

Hannelore tests the quality of a Turkish carpet with the owner of the carpet knotting shop on site

Murat hands out fresh figs on the bus

On the way to PAMUKKALE we can see the snow-white limestone from afar

The children are proud to be able to speak to us in English

And are happy about the Jerusalemweg stickers :)

Nilg n and Murat enjoy a short break in the shade

Arrived in PAMUKKALE, we walk barefoot along the sintered terraces

Some guests enjoy the warm thermal water

A very impressive experience of nature

Unique evening mood

We visit the once Roman city of HIERAPOLIES (Holy City)

Sensation: The tomb of the Apostle Philip was only discovered here in 2011

7th day, LAODICEA

We continue to LAODICEA / Laodikeia

The coffee break is also used to have Hannelore read the coffee grounds

The tour of LAODICEA proved to be exciting, as archaeologists are constantly at work to discover new things

The leisurely bus rides are used to rest, have a snack, sleep, recite poems and prayers, look through photos or chat and tell a joke

In between we refresh ourselves with freshly squeezed pomegranate and orange juices

 

The fresh spices invite you to taste and buy

The snacks in these little LOKANTAS are always fresh and amazingly delicious, this car also goes well with the color

Now we continue our pilgrimage to a small village called G LK Y, while walking we have nice conversations or silence, as is appropriate at the moment

In between a short break, Christoph and Karin have found a cozy banker

Public parking :-)

Newly born lambs make us pause and we enjoy this beautiful situation

In the G LK Y tea house we strengthen ourselves with Cay and make our way towards ISPARTA

In ISPARTA, in the land of roses, Johannes is happy about the various rose products

8 day, Egidirsee, ANTIOCHIA IN PISIDIA

After a night in a small breakfast pension called CHOCHO, we start freshly strengthened for the next pilgrimage

We make a pilgrimage to the small village S C LL and on to ANTIOCHIA Pisidia

It also happens that the women carry the heavy rucksacks of the men. The stronger sex ...

A shepherd with his flock proudly presents his donkey

We are always welcomed with an open heart and hospitality 

Happy schoolchildren wave to us and talk to us in English

Hans is being chauffeured for a while

Our bus operator Yasar has organized a rich snack for us for a great picnic

Otto conscientiously marks the way

Shortly before ANTIOCHIA they wait together: Erdal, Johannes, Thomas and Helga guard the barrier according to regulations

The impressive remains of the once kilometer-long aqueduct

On the way to KONYA / Central Anatolia

9 day, KONYA, Kilistra

KILISTRA

Cave settlements / places of refuge for the first Christians

We walk in KONYA to MEVLANA

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi - Mystical belief, love and tolerance

 

Our travel guide Erdal tells us the story of the mystic MEVLANA RUMI

Celaleddin Rumi Mausoleum

Dervish dance. A very mystical idea

Short break in the sun with a refreshing beer

A barber is definitely worth a visit

Otto enjoys it and lets himself be pampered 

Day , CATALH Y K

We visit CATALH Y K, located directly on the Jerusalemweg and one of the oldest villages of mankind, UNESCO cultural heritage

The excavation works seem to go on forever

The former living area

The manager of this museum wrote a book about life in this village back then. 

Short stop in S LEYMANHACI,
 where Johannes and Otto presented the mayor with a photo of their 2010 pilgrimage

The animals are treated with great respect in Turkey

We make a pilgrimage in beautiful sunshine to BINBIRKILISE, the site of the 1001 churches

We get fresh melons on the way

The calm evening atmosphere invites you to linger, we enjoy the tranquility in this special place

Time and again space and time arise for a prayer and many a song for inner contemplation

Time seems to be standing still here. A very special place of power

We are tired after arriving in KARAMAN
We enjoy the good Turkish food and reflect on another wonderful day

11th day, Hike G KSU Canyon

We visit the former mountain monastery ALAHAN KILISE

A very impressive backdrop with a wonderful view

Before the hike through the beautiful canyon,
Let's fortify ourselves in a Lokanta with delicious regional food and buy regional spices

This way to the memorial stone of Emperor Barbarossa, who died not far from here, in the G ksu River

A beautiful landscape and great encounters await us along the canyon

Harvesting peanuts

Production of pomegranate vinegar

We get pomegranates for free and some people order fresh vinegar

Pomegranate seeds

This was an interesting break along the way 

Sometimes the way is blocked by a herd of goats

We reach KIZKALESI and see the sea for the last time on this trip

A farewell photo from the sea, now we move on to TARSUS

12 day, TARSUS

The Cleopatra Gate where Cleopatra once walked with Marcus Antonius as lovers

Fresh fruits and fresh sesame rings accompany us through Turkey

Sesame rings are freshly prepared.

Hans washes himself with the water from the Paulus fountain

Practical equipment for the household

The colorful, lively bazaars are part of the street life in Turkey

ADANA, we look forward to the famous ADANA Spie and the ADANA Kebap

Vegetables and meat, always freshly prepared

SABANCI central mosque in ADANA: the largest mosque in Turkey

TASK PR , the world's oldest accessible stone arch bridge

On the last evening we sit comfortably together and are grateful for the beautiful, very special trip!

13th day, Departure from Adana



  

At ADANA airport we finish the Jerusalem way through Turkey.

A warm THANKS to EVERYONE who contributed to dass
this trip could be carried out so uniquely again.

We are looking forward to the next trip on the Jerusalem Way through Turkey!

Johannes, Otto, David, Karin, Erdal, Murat


The END becomes the START!

After the journey through Turkey, we begin the next and last stage on the Jerusalem Trail (Part V):

On the Jerusalem route through Jordan, Israel and Palestine

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Sincerely,
Johannes - David - Otto

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We look forward to YOU ​​on the next pilgrimage
to be welcomed on the Jerusalem Way.
Join us and you will experience a unique journey.

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(This travel report was created by Karin Forster)

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