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Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the most sacred place in the region. For nearly 40 years it is a place where pilgrims from all over the world gather to pray and to celebrate God and Virgin Mary. It is a great place to visit if you are interested in religious tourism.
Since 1981, when six local children claimed they had seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Medjugorje has become an unapproved destination of Catholic pilgrimage.
Medjugorje is a village of 4500 people, located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, close to the Croatian border and the town of Mostar. The village, that is inhabitant by Croatian Catholics, became famous in 1981 when 6 local children allegedly saw the Virgin Mary on a hill above the village. Since then, Medjugorje has become a popular site of Catholic pilgrimage.
Over the years, Medjugorje has turned into a sought-after tourist destination that receives more than million people per year. The entire village is involved in the development of the religious tourism.
The Queen of Peace Shrine, Medjugorje: The place where faith is renewed
Pilgrimage: Križevac & Apparitions hill
Medjugorje is a little town in Herzegovina and a popular Catholic pilgrimage site. The site got popular due to the series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the local children back in the 1980s. Ever since then, it receives pilgrims from all over the world who come to pray to Our Lady of Medjugorje.
Apart from the Apparition Hill itself, pilgrims can visit the Church of St. James, located beneath the hill, where the Holy Mass is served in Croatian and several other languages, and the Cross Mountain where the believers can pray the Way of the Cross while climbing.
Attending masses, on different languages,
Attending outdoor ceremonies,
Attending church confessions on different languages,
Climb to Križevac Hill
On request: Visit Cenacolo Community
Once we arrive to Medjugorje bit before 10 AM, we will attend 45min to 1hour English speaking mass at St. James Church. After the mass, if needed, guests will have some free at the church, before we head to Apparition Hill.
In the end of the June 1981, from 24th until 26th, at the hill called Crnica, near the place called Podbrdo, six young child have witnessed apparitions of Virgin Mary. They prayed and spoke with Our Lady.
With the messages: “I have chosen this parish in a special way and I wish to lead it.”, “Peace, peace, peace – and only peace! Peace must reign between God and man and between men!”, the hill Crnica, today called Apparition Hill has become the most important pilgrimage site for Catholics in this part of the World.
Once we arrive to Podbrdo, you will have a chance to do 20/30min hike up the hill, to the Virgin Mary statue and enjoy the “divine” and “spiritual” moments on your own.
We are not limited by time, so time spend at the Apparition Hill depends on guests pace and decision.