The Virgin Mary appeared first on this hill and told six children "I have come to tell the world that God exists...that peace is necessary for the salvation of the world."
A stone path worn down by a million footsteps leading to the Hill of Apparitions, bears witness to the faith, hope and charity of a multitude of pilgrims.
There is not a moment during the day or night that you will not find someone on the hill in contemplative prayer. And truly, here one feels a special kind of peace.
A steep footpath leads from the houses to the site of the apparitions itself, a narrow rocky path widened by the feet of the millions of pilgrims who have visited thes site so that it can now be seen from afar. Numerouse pilgrims, many of whom were born and raised on flat asphalt, often dressed in unsuitable clothes, some even barefoot or on their knees, clim the sharp rocks to the place of the first apparitions ardently saying their rosaries as they go or singing songs to the Virgin.
The site of the apparitions itself is a great bare threshing ground among the rocks, more then hundred metres in diametre, completely trodden down by the feet of millions of pilgrims, without a stem or gras among the rocks, without almost a single loose clod of earth or pebble: long ago the pilgrims took all that home with them as their favourite memory from Medjugorje.
The statue of the Queen of Peace, erected on the 20th anniversary of the apparition, a gift from Korean pilgrims, is a place around which pilgrims gather.