We passed the giant Cross at the Crossroads dozens of times over the years. Repeatedly we’d commented that on one of our trips we should stop to check out the cross that soars into the sky just off the interstate where I-57 and I-70 intersect at Effingham, Illinois. We finally visited recently following our visit to another giant cross in Groom, Texas, the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, Groom Texas
Knowing we wouldn’t have “dozens of opportunities” to see the cross in Texas, we made a point of getting off I-40 on our recent road trip to Phoenix. The 190-foot cross that’s visible from 20 miles away is impressive in itself. However, there is more to see once you get there.
Sculptures of the first eleven Stations of the Cross surround the cross. The Stations of the Cross are a series of depictions of Jesus Christ on the day he was put to death, from the time he is condemned to death until he is laid in the tomb.
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Cross at the Crossroads
As we once again neared the Effingham Cross at the Crossroads, we stopped to see it instead of passing by again. At 198 feet, the Cross at the Crossroads is claimed to be the world’s largest.
Welcome center hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter.
Although the crosses themselves are impressive sights from the interstate, taking the time to see the accompanying exhibits was worth the detours.
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