When the Christian rule in Jerusalem was ended in the late 1100s the different orders fled, first to Cyprus and the also to Rhodes, Malta and France. The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem for example went back to France were the Magistral Seat was kept for over seven hundreds years. In 2012 the order’s Magistral Seat in Jerusalem was restored. One part of my pilgrimage is to celebrate this important historic event. Walking this long journey and by visiting Rhodes and Cyprus in a symbolic ”reclaim” is in a way a crusade, but not with sword and sheild. No, this time on foot with humility and a strong desire for peace.
Day 135 Walking the Crusade of Peace