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Medjugorje - (Križevac) Cross Mountain


This is the Mountain of the Cross. In 1933, villagers built a huge cross out of cement to commemorate the 1900 years of the crucifixion. The 30ft Stations of the Cross is atop a steep mountain. The climb up to the Cross is an arduous one and takes anywhere between forty-five minutes to an hour.

Here are a few tips that will go a long way in making the climb an easier and a more satisfying one! Try to start early, preferably when the weather is dry and cool. Use a sturdy pair of walking shoes and a cap as it can get quite hot and sunny during the climb. Climbers have even been known to carry a pair of gloves to enable them to get a firmer grip on the mountain rocks. Use the water closet at the base of the summit before you begin the ascent. Do try to climb in silence, as there will be other pilgrims climbing alongside in prayer and meditation.

Just before you reach the Cross, you could stop by the memorial of Father Slavko Barbaric who dedicated his life to the Lord and died in his service. Father Barbaric took a group of 70 pilgrims up the Hill and led them through a spiritual journey. But on their descent, he succumbed to a heart attack.

You can descend along the same path or take a lesser known trail that starts from the posterior side of the hill leading down to the base. This is a relatively deserted trail as it is steeper than the ascending path. It also has a thicker forest area around it. But since it is less travelled and pilgrims are engaged in prayer this trail is after all not the Path of Silence!

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