The 500 steps leading to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Leading to the summit of the Mountain Goave in the village of Côteaux located in the south coast of Haiti, the "500 Marches de la Médaille Miraculeuse" meaning literally (500 steps to the Miraculous Medal), dedicated to the Virgin Mary, have become a popular pilgrimage site where thousands of pilgrims and tourists flock to these stairs to satisfy their spiritual needs.
This graceful site was built by Aurel Exama in 2000 following an interior locution that recommended him to dedicate his life to the Virgin Mary. His determination became so strong and faithful that he decided to use his own assets and family support to bring this project to life. A statue of the Virgin Mary beautifully nestled in a sanctuary as well as a huge bronze cross just steps away from the shrine await all visitors who are able to reach the last stairs after posing for the rosary along some of the stairs.
The sanctuary of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
A giant cross with a bronze statue of Jesus Christ called Emmanuel
In July 2003, the statue of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Côteaux was officially enthroned on top of the mountain by Archbishop Alix Vernier in the presence of many parishioners from Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, Jeremie, Gonaives and other neighboring cities.
Since its enthronement, the "500 Marches de la Médaille Miraculeuse" have attracted several pilgrims, tourists, and vacationers who take advantage of their visit in the south area to climb the exhausting staircases leading to the sanctuary. Furthermore, they intercede with the Virgin Mary, ask for miracles, meditate as far as contemplating the spectacular panorama of the village of Côteaux and the Caribbean sea.
One of the rosary points along the stairs leading to the sanctuary
Obviously, the sanctuary is just minutes walk from the city. The neat and paved road connecting Port-Salut, Roche-a-Bateau, Port-a-Piment to the small village of Côteaux allows visitors to quickly escape to the religious site and enjoy sightseeing the neighborhood and nearest hotel.
Source of inspiration and leisure the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (500 Marches) declared national sanctuary by Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, welcomes every year more than a thousand faithful visitors to its great and beloved pilgrimage held on or after July 6.
Last Updated 07/16/2014