Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Holy Hill

Name : Holy Hill is other name for The Carmelite Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians

Location : In Hubertus, Wisconsin. It is about a forty-five minute drive NW of Milwaukee.

Description : Situated on 435 acres of rural countryside, it provides the visitor with the opportunity for spiritual enrichment. We often hear visitors remark about the peace, beauty and serenity they find at Holy Hill.

As early as 1903, Holy Hill was declared a Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. In 2006, the Shrine was raised to the status of Minor Basilica. But as far back as the 1700s and perhaps earlier, the Americans Indians came to Holy Hill because they considered it a sacred place.

Many come to Holy Hill as "tourists", only to find that they have been touched by something deeper than natural beauty or curiosity. We know that God is truly present on this Holy Hill, and we invite you to come and share with us this Presence!

Of special interest to the visitor is the Shrine’s right-hand tower, the so-called “Scenic Tower”. After dropping a couple of dollars in the donation box inside the door, tourists begin the nearly three hundred foot climb up the Scenic Tower, taking the ever-narrowing stairs single file. There is a small platform above and it is perhaps ten feet square. Pairs of tall, narrow lancet windows beneath large rose windows, all crisscrossed with iron grillwork and open to the air, affords an unobstructed view of the spectacular countryside at all four points of the compass.

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