National Geographic : 1915 Mar
Photo and copyright by Underwood & Underwood PILGRIMS OF TODAY OFFERING SUPPLICATIONS AT THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, VIA DOLOROSA, THE ROUTE FOLLOWED BY JESUS TO HIS CRUCIFIXION French pilgrims carrying a huge cross through Via Dolorosa, or "Street of Pain," to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Cana of Galilee, but the events are not connected with any special feature of the locality. Journeys are mentioned, but not the route along which Christ passed, except Sychar, in the Samaritan terri tory, where was Jacob's well, one of the few sacred spots which can be positively identified. (The Crusaders erected a church over it which is now being re stored by Franciscan monks.) The cities round the Sea of Galilee have, all except Tiberias, vanished from the earth, and the sites of most of them are doubtful. The town now called Nazareth has been accepted for many centuries as the home of Christ's parents, but the evi dence to prove it so is by no means clear, and it is hard to identify the cliff on which the city was built. The Mount of Olives, in particular, and the height on its slope, where Christ, following the path from Bethany, looked down on Jerusa lem, and the temple in all its beauty, are the spots at which one seems to get into the closest touch with the Gospel narra tive; and it is just here that the scene has been most changed by new buildings, high walls, villas and convents and chapels.