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|CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SITES IN NORTHERN BRITAIN|
Possible Combined Tour of Britain and Germany
Day 1 Arrive in Scotland’s largest city and see its historic sites and art galleries.
Day 2 Now things really begin from Glasgow drive north along the picturesque shores of Loch Loomond to Oban where a ferry takes you to the beautiful isle of Mull. Drive across Mull and take another short ferry to historic Iona.
In Iona walk past the old nunnery and the historic graveyard that contains the remains of a score of Scottish and even some Norse Kings, on to the restored Abbey Church. The after seeing the work of today’s Iona Community walk back to the village and onto the beach were in the 8th century Viking raiders slaughtered most of the scholars whose main task was to copy the Bible in an age before printing. Then back to the ferry and on to Oban to spend the night.
Day 3 From Oban drive across Scotland to the ancient fortress city of Stirling where we visit one of the most important castles on Scottish history. Then on to Edinburgh where you will see what is probably the most famous castle in Britain. Here in the 11th Century, Queen Margaret, directed the defense of her adopted homeland two decades after the same Norman had slaughtered her brother and the nobles of Saxon England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Margaret, who was known for her saintly deeds and devotion to Christ, died during the siege and her body was lowered down the walls to prevent its capture and desecration by the Normans.
Day 4 Begin with a tour of Reformation Edinburgh including St. Giles Cathedral and John Knox’s house before visiting Holyrood Palace and the National Gallery of Scotland which contain many magnificent masterpieces.
Day 5 On to Lindesfarne, popularly know as Holy Island, where the Monks of Iona established a sister monastery from which British missionaries evangelized Northern Europe in the 7th and 8th centuries before its destruction by the Vikings in 7 . Leaving Lintesfarne go to Jarrow and Bede’s World that is arguably the only major museum in Europe devoted to a great Christian leader. From Jarrow go on to Durham to visit the ancient Romanesque Cathedral and see the graves of Bede and Cuthbert.
Day 6 Leaving Durham drive to nearby Hexham to visit what was once the most important church north of the alps, Hexham Priory, then on to a Roman army camp and the famed Hadrian’s Wall. Finally, then visit Carlisle with its small Cathedral, where the famed Christian apologist William Paley is buried, and noble castle that withstood many sieges by Scottish armies.
Day 7 Go back to Glasgow and on to Berlin where to visit the new Parliament buildings, the Reichstag, and stroll along Unter den Linden past the Humboldt University were Hegel, Schleiermacher and a host of others who shaped modern thought once taught.
Day 8 Today go back in time to the ruins of ancient Babylon and the temple of Pergamon that are remarkably preserved on Berlin’s Musuem Island alongside a host of ancient Christian antiquities. The museum tour will take all day, but of course anyone who wants to shop can easily slip out into nearby shopping areas.
Day 9 After visiting the small but remarkably rich Egyptian Musueum, that houses the bust of Queen Neffetiti, tour the Palace of Charlottneburg before taking a bus tour through former East Berlin to the neighboring town of Oranienburg to visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where numerous Christian leaders including Martin Niemüller, were held during the Nazi era. Here too you can visit one of the most dynamic Christian outreaches in Europe, the Oranienburg Youth Centre.
Day 10 Travel through attractive Brandenburg countryside to Saxony and the capital of the Reformation, Wittenberg that today has been renamed Lutherstadt-Wittenberg in honor of the great reformer. Here you will see Luther’s House, as well as that of his friend and colleague Philip Melancthon, plus two famous churches where Luther preached.
Day 11 From Wittenberg go to the center of German Pietism and one of the most important sources of the modern missionary movement Halle. Then go on Eisleben where Luther was born and died. Here you will see his home and the bed in which he was laid to rest. You will also see a quaint town that still retains its medieval atmosphere as well as the church where Luther preached his last sermon.
Day 12 It back to Berlin with time for sightseeing and a final round of shopping before returning home in the morning.