After attending the healing mass, we headed immediately to the well-known Via Dolorosa Grotto. It is basically a a religious shrine and grotto located in Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon and is situated on the slopes of Mount Banahaw. It features life sized images depicting the fourteen stations of the cross and a 50 ft image of the Risen Christ on top which is considered as the World’s third tallest Risen Christ Statue.In order to reach the top, you have to pass through 305 steps. According to other people who visited the shrine before, the steps were much safer now and climbing the grotto is way easier compare to its condition before. The place really reminds me of the Via Dolorosa Shrine in Pinagmisahan Hills in Antipolo except for the fact that all stations here can be seen at one glance.The entrance to Via Dolorosa GrottoThe Welcome Marker! The Shrine was blessed and inaugurated on December of 2004Before reaching the First Station, you will be welcomed by this man-mad pond. Koi Fishes on the pondThe FIRST STATION : The Last SupperA View of La Pieta Shrine and The Garden of Eden from the First station.The SECOND STATION: The Agony of Jesus in GethsemaniGoing Up to the next stationAlthough most of the steps are smooth, you will stll encounter these boulders along the way so you still have to watch your steps to prevent yourself from tipping offTHIRD STATION: Jesus before the SanhedrinFOURTH STATION: The Scourging and Crowning with thornsFIFTH STATION: Jesus receives the CrossA view from the Fifth stationSIXTH STATION:Jesus falls under the weight of the CrossSEVENTH STATION:Simon of Cyrene carries the Cross of JesusOur Lady of Lourdes Grotto at the center of the Via Dolorosa ShrineEIGHT STATION: Jesus meets the pious women of Jerusalem(Sorry I lost the photo of the Ninth Station) NINTH STATION: Jesus nailed to the crossTENTH STATION: The Repentant ThiefELEVENTH STATION: Mary and John at the foot of the crossGetting closer to the Risen Christ image!TWELFTH STATION: Jesus dies on the crossTHIRTEENTH STATION: Jesus in laid in the tombA view from the 13th stationA closer view of the Risen Christ from the 13th stationJust few more steps to reach the topLAST STATION: Jesus rises from deathThe remaining steps towards the giant statue of the Risen ChristA tiring yet very rewarding climbA stunning view from the top
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Additional Note: Climbing 350 steps is not a joke and you must be physically fit in order to do so. In addition to that, you must be equipped with proper gear. Feel free to check Runner Click for better information on what gears to wear when running, hiking or any related activities.
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