Pilgrimage Explorations: Bosnia & Croatia

Bosnia is a peaceful country that once saw its share of ugliness during the war. Despite its past, Bosnia has a captivating beauty of rolling hills, valley’s and river. What brought me to Bosnia is my Catholic faith. Once a year, members of my church plans a trip to visit a Catholic holy site, or a journey that follows the footsteps of the apostles. This trip was taken in 2011.

The town of Medjugorie is surrounded by mountains and is located in the heart of Bosnia, a three-hours drive away from Sarajevo. During the late 80’s during the war, Medjugorie was left untouched. It was also during this time, an apparition of the Holy Mother was seen by six Herzegovinian children. For the next several years, these children had daily apparitions of the Holy Mother. Although the Vatican has not officially decided if Medjugorie is officially recognized as a Holy site, pilgrims from around the world visits to Medjugorie to pray and meet the visionaries.

Four hours drive away from Medjugorie, is the seaside town of Dubrovnik. Located in Croatia, this seaside town is famous for it’s city walls and filming location for ‘Game of Thrones’. In 1979, Dubrovnik is named a UNESCO site. Throughout the city square, souvenirs from the Bosnian war remains . Tourist bookshops as well as, tourists sites all have a mention about the damage caused from the war.

Driving to Medjugorie from Sarajevo

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Sunrises over Medjugorie

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Fields of Medjugorie

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St. James Church 

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Evening rosary and mass at St. James church

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Climbing up to Blue Cross on Cross Mountain

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Behind St. James church, beginning of the Stations of the Cross

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Walk up Cross Mountain

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Tourist shops in Medjugorie

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Arriving Dubrovnik

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City walls of Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik center at night

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