Pilgrims in front of Heidenturmkirche

By Wolfgang Arnold, owner of the bookstore Carl Machwirth in Alzey

Book tip of the month: "Jakobswege in Rheinhessen"

"The journey is the goal," is how one could override the new brochure: "Jakobswege in Rheinhessen" of the St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft. Searching for meaning many people go in this day and age. One possibility of self-discovery is pilgrimages with increasing tendency. Pilgrimages are an ancient need that is deeply rooted in the cultural history of man. Particularly noteworthy is the success of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

But also locally here in the region you can make a pilgrimage. Responsible since 2005 is the Jakobus Gesellschaft Rheinland-Pfalz, with its seat in the Landesmuseum in Mainz. It reactivated the old pilgrimage routes in Rheinhessen in the two districts of Mainz-Bingen and Alzey-Worms with more than 200 km on the main route, the cross and alternative routes or local loops, with junctions and crossings to other pilgrim routes. Ultimately, however, all roads lead to Santiago de Compostela.

The pilgrimage routes in Rheinhessen are marked with the Europe-wide symbol of the Way of St. James - the stylized yellow shell on a blue background. In addition, blue arrows on small white stickers, or yellow sprayed arrows indicate directions.

Anyone who wants to set off now can not ignore the newly published brochure. All stages are detailed with descriptions and map sections. Colored pictures describe special landmarks as well as the locations for stamping the Pilgrim Pass. A few contemplative texts and GEHBOTE complete the positive overall picture. In addition to this brochure, the pilgrim does not need any additional material, because the information available is all-encompassing.

In this sense: pilgrims connect .....

additional Information
Jakobswege in Rheinhessen, publ .: St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft Rheinland-Pfalz-Saarland eV, 40 pages, colored illustrations and maps Protective fee Euro 3.- Available at the local bookstore.

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