Since Medugorje is a Marian pilgrimage site, what people do there might seem obvious. Certainly prayer and contemplation are the focus of Medugorje, but there are many ways to show devotion at this popular holy spot. St. James Church holds regular prayer services and masses in many languages from early morning to late at night. Krizevac, or Cross Hill, is a must for most Medugorje pilgrims. The base of the steep, rocky path leading to the 11m-tall (36-ft.) cross at the top of a hill at one end of town is about 1km (1/2 mile) from St. James Church. The climb is about 300m (984 ft.) to the peak on an uneven, inclined path strewn with rocks of various shapes and sizes. Visitors of all ages and abilities climb this path. Some do it barefoot, and some climb on their knees to show their devotion. It is not unusual to see people carrying invalids to the top or pausing to pray at the 14 stations of the cross placed along the path. Apparition Hill is the site of the original appearance of the Virgin on Wednesday, June 24, 1981. As with Krizevac, the ways to the Statue of Mary on Apparition Hill are rocky and steep, but that's not a deterrent for pilgrims who want to reach the site.
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