european francigena marathon

 

The first time Acquapendente is mentioned as “Jerusalem” is in a document dating back to 993 when Hugh, Margrave of Tuscany (Ugo Marchese di Toscana) donates some of his lands to the “Santo Sepolcro in Hierusalem”. The presence in our town of a Monastery dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre, its strategic position along the Francigena Road, the sacred relics from the Holy Land and the fact that Jerusalem during that period was in the hands of Orthodox Church, have brought researchers to the conclusion that the real beneficiary of these donations must have been Acquapendente, a kind of “Transposed Jerusalem”, no longer a stop-over but the real destination of the pilgrimage itself.