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“Hill of Piety and Mercy”

Stations of the Cross Shrine
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in San Luis
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Owner description: A series of sculptures depicting the last hours of Christ's life. The Shrine is located on a mesa. Visitors walk a 1-mile path to reach it.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

A beautiful shrine located above San Luis, Colorado, the states oldest city dating back to April 5, 1851. A footpath climbs the hill where you will see the 14 Stations of the Cross plus a 15th sculpture representing the Ressurection of Jesus Christ. At the summit you will find a pink sandstone grotto with statues of the Virgin Mary and Juan Diego.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

San Luis CO is out of the well travelled path for most tourists. For those who are seeking out the old feel of the west along with a faith focused trip, I would highly recommend this little town. I have been here five or six times in the past nine years and the effort is totally worth it. Walking the stations of the cross with only the wind and sky to witness your efforts is immensely intimate and beautiful. For Christians who are in search of a deeper meaning for their travels, this is a must stop - and i recommend going on to Santa Fe via Chimayo New Mexico for a wonderful Spanish Mission style tour. Lots of beautiful and historic churches to explore and soak up the old world atmosphere.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

I first came upon this place on a drive to Taos. At the time it was marked only by a small hand-lettered sign. With a few extra hours before having to be anywhere, I stopped out of curiosity and discovered a beautiful jewel I've returned to time and again. Huberto Maestas' beautifully expressive bronzes of the crucial points of Christ's journey to the cross and beyond are arranged at stops along a switchback trail through the sagebrush to the top of the mesa. There the pilgrim is greeted by a stunningly lovely small white church that is open to all -- and a sweeping view of the high desert rolling off to the appropriately-named Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The spirit of the place is hushed and reverent, conducive to meditation, regardless of one's religious background. If you go, be ready for the gravel walkway up the steep hillside, but also for what can be a deeply renewing pilgrimage in a place that is a wonderful expression of Southwestern Hispanic spirituality.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

Driving up to San Luis Colorado, noticed white building on the top of a large hill next to the small downtown. It disappeared as I got closer to town but the curiosity had already been wetted. Driving around a little produced no road up the hill but noticed a walk way up the hill. Parked next to the town hall building, crossed the highway and found a good walkway up the hill. About halfway up, beautiful bronze statues depicting the 12 stations of the cross began to appear with a small reflection zone at each. After wandering through this contemplative walk, the top of the hill yielded a beautiful white chapel that was wide open to visitors. Many more statues were in the area around the chapel depicting various religious figures. Off in the near distance behind the chapel was a grotto walk with more statues. The sun was high on this cool cloudless January day. The absolute serenity and silence was breathtaking at this holy location up high. 360 degree view held the prairies to the north and west, the small town and valley to the east with the Sangre de Christo mountains looming behind to the east and south. This is a great place to leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind; walk, sit and ponder existence for a few precious moments.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank MellohYellow
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

The Stations of the Cross is a hauntingly beautiful depiction of the 'stations' or scenes of Jesus on the 'Path' to His trial before Pilate, His flogging and beatings then on His walk to be crucified. The bronze sculptures deeply depict the series of bronze statues that depict the last hours of Christ’s life—His judgment, sufferings, and death. It is a very emotional time for those of us who went. There are 15 'stations' in which the details that Huberto Maestas the sculptor, depicted so vividly and significantly how the emotion, the pain, the distraught feelings of Christ's followers and His mother Mary must have felt. The hauntingly quiet area of where they show the Soldier nailing the spikes into Christ's Hand, you can see the anguish on Christ's face and almost feel the pain. It made me cry to see Christ's face in agony the blood and tears running from His eyes and brow and knowing what He must have felt in doing this all, out of Love for us. Each station has a plaque which describes each scene. This is a place where you must be quiet a respectful of others who might be there to read and view each station. There is a Shrine/Chapel Sangre de Cristo Parish.at the top where you can go inside and meditate, place an offering if you would like which is open to members of all faiths and good will. The walk is uphill gravel and NOT wheelchair accessible on this path. However there is a parking area at the top where you can go and enter the Shrine yet it is still not easily accessible. The view from the top is beautiful overlooking the Sangre de Cristo. We take a large group from church there. There are also small restaurants within a few miles or near Fort Garland to eat. Dress for the outdoors and wear good walking shoes. Not a place for young children unless they are quiet and NOT running. They need to be respectful of the others there. A must see to help us understand the reasons behind the ultimate Love and sacrifice that Christ "Willingly" lay down His life for us out of LOVE a 'Free' gift of Salvation for those who accept and believe.

Date of experience: March 2017
4  Thank Deborah S
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