(being continued from 20/10/2018)
Edirne to Constantinopel (Istanbul)
Edirne (Muradiye Mevlivihane), Babaeski, Luleburgaz, Corlu, Kazimiye, Fevzipasa, Silivri, Kavakli, Ortakoy, Muratbey, Ahmediye, Tepecik, Buyukcekmece, Cakmakli, Altinsehir, Mehmetakif, Well from here the suburbs and I suggest to take a bus or whatever into the city
Most pilgrims in the days of Dirk III stayed around the church now known as the Küçük Ayasofya (the small Hagia Sophia). Here was the little harbour from where they could cross the Bosporus to end up in Asia.
At the right side of the Küçük Ayasofya you find a small doorway with a path leading under the railroadtrack to the busy Kennedy Cd. Turn right and follow ca 1000m till the Yenikapihabour. From where boats leave to , Guzelyali near Bursa (and Yalova or Bandirma/Tekirdag)
Bursa to Konya
Bursa, Kestel, Inegol Bozoyuk Eskisehir, Seyitgazi, Kesenler, Akin, Yarbasan, Gokbahce, Dervispasa, Cay, Camozu Aksehir, Reis, Karaaga, Tekkekoy (Kloosterdorp), Baskoy (Hoofddorp), Balki, Asagicgil, Yassioren, Derbent, Guneykoy, Selahattin, Ulumuhsine. After 3km left to Kucukmuhsine, after 800m right to Saraykoy and Konya
A second pilgrimage
In 1030 Dirk III goes for a second pilgrimage. It took Dirk in 1005 only 11 months to reach the Holy City, This sniffing of the now fifty year old count confiscates considerable more time. He leaves in 1030 snd it is 1034 before he returns to the Netherlands.
Dirk III dies as a saint on 27 May 1039 and is buried as Theodericus III Hierosolymita in the abbeychurch at Egmond: ‘ iuxta oratorio eiusdem basilice in aquilomari parte’.
Dirks widow Othilde returns after his dead to her birthplace Saksen, where she dies on 31 March 1044, approximately 56 years old. She is buried in the convent Quedlinburg.
As son Dirk IV, unmarried and at young age dies in January 1049, the title proceeds on brother Floris I. Floris approximately 31 years old, is assassinated on 19 May 1061 at Nederhemert in Gelderland.
The medieval history of the abbey where Dirk III was buried, ends in 1573. That year the Geuzen (a Protestant movement under the guidance of prince William of Orange) puts the abbey on fire. Also the sepulchres of the here resting members of the original House of Holland were not the be left intact by these Protestant extremistst. In 1935, only the sepulchre of Floris I and his son could be determined in Egmond. The remaining members of this early dominator line, among which also the last rests of Dirk III, were put in separate oaks crates to be reburied on 8 October 1980 on the church court by the monks of the benedictine convent.
Haarlem was the birthplace of Dirk III, who was born “Opt Sant” (the current town hall on the large marketsuare Grote Markt).
Haarlem – Venice
Most likely Dirk III left from Haarlem and joined on the E11 to Cologne and Neurenberg, from where he took the E1 and E5 to drew over the Alpes to Venice.
Or hooked up with the E7 European walking route (the long-distance paths from the Portuguese-Spanish border eastwards to Hungary. This part of the E7 in France: Grasse, hills above Nice to the Italian border above Menton through the Ligurian mountains – Colla di Caprauna (1379 m), Colle s. Bernardo (957 m) and the Colle di Scravaison (814 m) – to Giogo di Toirano and Travo SW of Piacenza in Italy, Bajánsenye through the foothills of the Julian Alps and karst to Hodos in Slovenia. Capital Ljubljana is left west on the E7 for Vrhnika. Near Mackovec (911 m) the E6 and E7 come together, but after a few kilometres go apart. The E7 continues through S Hungary via Szekszárd, Baja, Öttömös and Mindszent to the Romanian border). The E7t is projected to be extended into Romania, so that it reaches from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. However this stage and parts of the E7-route through Italy, are still in planning.
Belgium to Turkey
From Belgium the Sufipath follows in large the European long-distance path E3 thru Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Turkey. In Bulgaria, the E3 route follows the ridge of the Balkan Mountains from Kom Peak on the Serbian border to Cape Emine on the Black Sea.
Venice – Dubrovnik
In Venice Dirk II could embark to the old city of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) or follow the E-7
Station: Ragusa (Dubrovnik)
This city bleeft up to two centuries after the arrival of Dirk III a Byzantine port city. Just in 1205 it was conquered by Venice.
Dubrovnik – Edirne
From Dubrovnik to follow the E-7 up to Roumenia. This part of the E7 came through the Ligurian mountains to Monte Lavagnola and Travo SW of Piacenza in Italy, Bajánsenye through the foothills of the Julian Alps and karst to Hodos in Slovenia and through S Hungary via Szekszárd, Baja, Öttömös and Mindszent to the Romanian border.
Here the Sufipath connects the E7 with the E3, but leaves the E3 for the Bulgarian border and Erdine.
The E7t is projected to be extended into Romania, so that it reaches from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. However this stage and parts of the E7-route through Italy, are still in planning. In Italy only the first 300km with the Frech border up to Placenza are marked and settled.
Edirne was known by Dirk III as Adrianopel.
Van Edirne to Constantinopel (Istanbul).
From Konya to Akören
Leave Konya to the south by the Hatip Cd. and Emir Halil district to Lalebahce, Pamukci, Bayat (at fork keep right), Sarikiz, Karaagac, Hatunsaray, Catören, Akören.
According to the legend earl of the year 1005 beat Dirk in spring personally so-called ‘ Dutch Put’ near the village Akören on the Anatolian plateau. Up to on today the day the village celebrates each spring around the well their “Day Sarnic Senlikleri-festival”.
After boring his mountainwell Ditk III went to Aniochië (Antakya), Aleppo (Haleb), Damascus and Acre (Akka) to Jerusalem, where he arrived at the end of 1005 .
How he returned is not known. But since his travel Dirk III dressed himself with a turban. However, at his return, the north of Holland had become rather unsafe. Dirk III had even to withdraw from Haarlem, the heart of Holland, to establish himself in the swampy south of the Netherlands.
At Vlaardingen Dirk let levy a toll on ships that traded with England. It was not so much the power of the house, but the sheer seize of these tough guys from Kennemerland that made them populair as breeding stallions at the European courts. Dirk III must bave been a striking giant in those days, and married around 1019 the daughter of the Holy Roman emperor Otto II. She threw him two fierce sons, Dirk IV and Floris I, and two bold daughters, Betrade and Swanhilde.
Research of the sceleton of Floris I, revealed that the son of Dirk III had the length of 6,9 ft or 2.10 m. (E.H.P. Cordfunke, unearthings in Egmond, p93).
The European walking route E3 is a 6950km long-distance footpath that is planned to run from the Black Sea in Turkey to the Portuguese coast. It is one of the network of European long-distance paths.