Veneration of the way of the Cross has deep roots in the Christian culture and tradition. Though one may ask whether this tradition derives from the
New Testament. And the answer is no, the first disciples of Jesus did not venerate the places that He passed on the way to Calvary. They had been living in the expectation of the Second Coming
and beginning of the Kingdom of God. But still Jerusalem has always had a special place and has been an attraction for Jewish pilgrims since the times of the Temple. And of course it acquired the
same status in the hearts of Gentile believers - Christians since earliest times.