“East” Europe 2014 – Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This post is going to be a short one, since we didn’t stay at the place very long.

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After driving for about 5 or 6 hours, we were in the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. More specifically, our destination was Medjugorje, a popular site of religious pilgrimage after several claims of apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

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Personally, I’m not religious, so I found this part of the trip to be only a little bit interesting. It was interesting though, to see how the apparition claims have revived this little town economically, especially after the recent and devastating effects of the Bosnian War.

The statue of Christ on the cross had a huge line in front of it, as it is said that the leg of the statue leaks water, or “tears”. There were people in the line with pictures of their relatives and family, that they would use to wipe away the water with. I suppose it’s a way of rubbing good luck and protection onto their kin.

I didn’t wait in line, but my mother, who is Catholic and was a lot more interested in the site than I was, said that there definitely was water leaking from the leg. It was apparently in very minuscule amounts though, and she did agree that it was probably some sort of condensation from the ground that was seeping up.

Holy sites aren’t really my thing, but I was glad to see that the village of Medjugorje has turned it around and was benefiting from it financially. There are too many stories of impoverishment and death in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I was happy to see a brighter side to the whole situation.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about the old city of Mostar in Bosnia! 🙂

Signing off,
Marie

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