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A Pilgrimage in the Balkans

By Linda Tancs

Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia & Herzegovina, not far from the border of Croatia. It’s best known as a site of Catholic pilgrimage thanks to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary that have been reported since 1981. The area has attracted some 15 million people since then, despite the Pope’s lack of authentication of the events that have taken place there. In addition to Apparition Hill, St. James Church is noted for the many apparitions seen inside its walls in the early years. While you’re in the region, you’ll want to visit some other popular attractions, like the Herzegovina Wine Route, Kravica waterfall and the Ottoman-style bridge in Mostar.

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The Heart-Shaped Land

By Linda Tancs

In Bosnia & Herzegovina, tradition and culture remain close at heart, appropriate enough for a heart-shaped country in southeastern Europe. This tiny Balkan nation celebrates the junction of eastern and western civilizations, part of its rich heritage. Sarajevo’s Old Town, for instance, still conjures the market center of the 15th century, when traders from Asia Minor and western nations gathered. Other towns throughout the country form the crux of the Kingdom Trail, where medieval fortresses bear silent testimony to the power and privilege of the ruling classes dominating the country’s history, such as the Turkish and Austro-Hungarian empires. Priding themselves on hospitality, you’ll come as a stranger but leave as a friend.

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