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Holy Hill makes for festive day trip in winter or summer


Just a half an hour away from Milwaukee sits one of the area's most remarkable landmarks. Holy Hill (or the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, as it's officially known) in Hubertus is truly a sight to behold.

Spectacular in summer or winter, the neo-Romanesque Church, with its stained glass windows and mosaics offer a view of almost all of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The structure sits atop 400 wooded acres in the southern Kettle Moraine countryside. Climb the observation tower's 178 steps (in warmer months, only) and you'll see the skyline of Milwaukee to the east. Believe it or not, you'll almost see all the way to Madison if you look west. Worshipers and tourists, alike, can visit the 14 groups of life-size sculptures and stroll Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail.

In addition to a Wisconsin landmark, Holy Hill is, of course, a fully functioning place of worship. There's a weekend Mass schedule along with Marian Devotions and daily religious services. The sacrament of confession, traditionally associated with the Shrines, is readily available for those desiring it.

From June through October, Holy Hill operates the Old Monastery Inn Cafeteria, which can only be described as a journey back in time. Their pies and desserts are especially good. There's also a large gift store at the base of the hill, with everything from religious items to Holy Hill shot glasses for sale.

It's a bit difficult to find this landmark, though the church is hard to miss. From Milwaukee, take Hwy 41/45 north to Hwy 41/167. Follow it west to Carmel Rd. For more information, call the Discacled Carmelite Friars at (262) 628-1838.

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OMCreader | Oct. 12, 2006 at 4:35 p.m. (report)

Terri said: Iwent to Holy Hill when I was a child and I can still remember how beautiful it was. Anybody that practices the Catholic faith and can get here, should come and view the beauty and go to the church on Sunday.

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OMCreader | Aug. 22, 2006 at 1:20 p.m. (report)

Joseph Sydow said: Holy Hill is very easy to get to.You can yahoo mapquest to 1525 Carmel Road Hubertus Wi 53033.It is located 9 miles West of hwy 167 west of Hwy 41/45.

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OMCreader | Aug. 14, 2006 at 8:54 p.m. (report)

Bill said: The "14 groups of life-size sculptures" are the stations of the cross. It's also not dirty to uter the word Catholic when discribing this place of worship. I really don't understand "political correctness when it comes to worship?

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OMCreader | Aug. 12, 2006 at 8:33 p.m. (report)

Mike Garry said: Couldn't read it! Too many cookies over it. What a shame!

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OMCreader | April 24, 2006 at 10:41 a.m. (report)

former worker said: I used to work at Holy Hill and trust me the drive there is worth it. Go on a sunny day in the summer- weekdays are best if you enjoy exploring without many people being around and it can be very relaxing. If you have not been in the church since Easter of 2005 you need to see it- it was completely renovated and will take your breath away. just check the website www.holyhill.com for directions and mass schedules, and the times that the gift store, cafe, and scenic tower are open(the view is amazing). The church and shrine are open from 6AM to 5PM daily. Or call 262-628-1838 for more info.

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