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DSC06143 The Way of the Cross

Sitting high amongst the eucalyptus forests of Michiru Mountain in Malawi stands a 50-foot concrete cross, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. There is a pilgrimage walk called The Way of the Cross to get there. From the starting point all the way to the top of the hill is a trail of about 2.5 miles. Scattered along the way, there are fifteen wooden crosses and huge bronze tablets depicting the Christian stations of the cross (Christ’s own journey to the cross). The whole journey typically takes 2-3 hours to go up and back, with beautiful foliage and wonderful valley and city views all along the way.

Developed decades back, Njira Ya Mtanda (“Way of the Cross” in Chichewa) sits to the west of Blantyre in Malawi, with a starting point near St James Church in Chilomoni. People come from all over to make the pilgrimage, Christians and non-Christians alike. There is a very special feeling here, even if you are not religious. And the bronze tablets are beautiful works of art in and of themselves. The Way of the Cross could almost be considered a two-and-a-half-mile immersive art installation. The walk itself is not too strenuous in most parts, with the path being very well marked. It can get quite warm, so taking ample water (and perhaps snacks) is a prerequisite for the journey. We went at sunrise so there were fewer people out, the early morning light only added to the tranquility, and the temperature was ideal.
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The Way of the Cross
Sitting high amongst the eucalyptus forests of Michiru Mountain in Malawi stands a 50-foot concrete cross, a shrine to the Virgin Mary.  There is a pilgrimage walk called The Way of the Cross to get there.  From the starting point all the way to the top of the hill is a trail of about 2.5 miles.  Scattered along the way, there are fifteen wooden crosses and huge bronze tablets depicting the Christian stations of the cross (Christ’s own journey to the cross).  The whole journey typically takes 2-3 hours to go up and back, with beautiful foliage and wonderful valley and city views all along the way.<br />
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Developed decades back, Njira Ya Mtanda (“Way of the Cross” in Chichewa) sits to the west of Blantyre in Malawi, with a starting point near St James Church in Chilomoni.  People come from all over to make the pilgrimage, Christians and non-Christians alike.  There is a very special feeling here, even if you are not religious.  And the bronze tablets are beautiful works of art in and of themselves.  The Way of the Cross could almost be considered a two-and-a-half-mile immersive art installation.  The walk itself is not too strenuous in most parts, with the path being very well marked.  It can get quite warm, so taking ample water (and perhaps snacks) is a prerequisite for the journey.  We went at sunrise so there were fewer people out, the early morning light only added to the tranquility, and the temperature was ideal.<br />
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