Pilgrimage to Israel in name of peace

22nd Apr 2013

Hundreds of thousands of travellers visit Israel every year, but not everyone makes their way to the country on foot like a man from Sweden who has completed a monumental journey to the city of Jerusalem.

It took Jorgen Nilsson six months to walk the 2,800 miles from his home town in Lund to the holy land.

Setting out on 18 November last year, he arrived in the north of Israel last week before heading down to Jerusalem.

Nilsson hopes his journey, which saw him take seven million steps, will help to bring about peace in the world.

"First of all, the ancient and holy city was always a critical point both for peace and for conflict," he said. "The city serves as a symbol for the effort required to reach world peace."

The globetrotter is a knight of the Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus, which was founded in Jerusalem in 1098, but has been in exile in France for hundreds of years.

It is thought that he will be given the key to the city by Mayor Nir Barkat for his exploits.

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