St Nicholas Cave, where it is said he lived when in the Holy Land
St Nicholas Orthodox Church, Beit Jala
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Place of pilgrimage for Nicholas
As a young man planning to become a monk, Nicholas traveled to the Holy Land to walk in the way of Jesus, venerate the holy places, and contemplate his vocation. Such a pilgrimage in that time would go by ship to Cesarea, then make a five-day journey by land to Jerusalem, generally done on foot, perhaps joining a caravan. It is believed that he lived for a time in a cave where the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church now stands in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. His travels and education would have deepened his wisdom and helped to shape him into the man who would come to have greatly respected spiritual authority rooted in his actions of love and justice. These pictures show some of the scenes Nicholas may have experienced during this time.
Saint Nicholas Bishop of Myra: The Life and Times of the Original Father Christmas by D. L. Cann, Novalis/Twenty-Third Publications, 2002
Describes the culture and places of the Graeco-Roman Empire that was home to St Nicholas
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