Calvary of Ružomberok
The oldest Calvary in Liptov, finished in 1859, consists of the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and 14 chapels of the way of the cross.
It is located only about 1 km away from the centre of the town, in the vicinity of “Námestie A. Hlinku” (square) and the municipal cemetery.
This place is a popular recreational site with a beautiful view of the town and the surroundings. The view includes, for example, the Great and the Front Choč Mountains, Čebrať Hill, Mních Hill, the West Tatras, or Kriváň Hill.
In 14 chapels, which represent the individual stations of the way of the cross, you can see wooden plastic artworks with motifs of condemnation, torture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Standing at the top of the Calvary is the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Its consecration was attended by over 5000 people. Construction of the church cost 1,833 gold coins, of which the amount of 1,056 gold coins was paid by the town and the rest was contributed by the members of the church community. The church is approximately 16 m long and 8 m wide, with a charming little tower. Inside the church, you can find relief plastic artworks by F. Gibalu and wall paintings by M. Klimčák. There are three metal crosses in front of the church, which have replaced the original wooden ones. They hold a mass in the church in September on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
The calvary and the church are also a pilgrimage site, and they are a part of the sacral history of Ružomberok.
There are hiking trails starting at the top of the Calvary, which lead to Sidorovo, Vlkolínske Lúky, Malinô Brdo or to Hrabovo.