Places of traumatic or miraculous events have often become sites to be visited by the victims or the faithful who were part of the event, by their heirs, by the community, or by strangers and tourists who feel compelled to come in order to better understand the event. Sometimes monuments are constructed on the physical site of the event to underline its historical importance and the necessity to remember it. Often, in a city or a geographic area, the traumatic events have taken place in different localities, giving rise to a trail that people follow in order to commemorate the event (from Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa to Boston’s Freedom’s Trail).

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Journeys

The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

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