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The Cross, Effingham

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  • I have driven past the cross many times over the years but finally got to stop! Very inspiring and interesting! Worth taking the time to stop!  more »
  • As you're driving down the interstate you can see the cross appear & the awesomeness begins. It's easy to access from the interstate. It's the world's largest cross. There's a visitor center that has ...  more »
  • This is America's largest cross. This is fun to see and was an awesome experience. Easy access off the highway. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • I've seen it on the way to Saint Louis. It's quit a pretty site to see. The cross is a very powerful symbol. And no one can change its Legacey
  • This cross, at the cost of megamillions, was built for 2 reasons - pride and arrogance, simply to be a couple of feet higher than a cross in Texas, from which they actually used the architect's plans. The stated reason, that ...''people driving by would be inspired and become a "Christian", is insulting. NOBODY will become a "Christian" by seeing this cross; more will be annoyed by the hubris, and waste of money. There isn't even a correlation or link to a "church" or organization to follow up with, if one wanted to find out more about Christianity. The millions to build this edifice of pride could have been used for the hungry, or any number of humanitarian efforts. For the organizers to say that the funds would not solve hunger, etc., is saying that anyone's efforts towards humanitarian causes are futile. If their intent, obviously false, was a "missionary effort", think of the number of missionaries they could have supported with those millions. For them to say that it cost less than a Super Bowl ad is so irrelevant to be ridiculous. Certainly they did not have millions "burning a hole in their pocket", and the only two choices were to build a cross or run a Super Bowl ad. I have to believe that saying ..."some people driving by will see it and become a Christian" is so naive that it would be insulting to even the most fundamental Christian. This is simply an edifice of pride and arrogance.
  • An experience that everyone should have. Take time to visit the Cross at the Crossroads and the visitors Center, watch the video in the AL Knabe memorial theater Room about how and why and by whom the Cross was Built. And take in the many memorial bricks placed in honor as well as the Beautiful 10 Comandments Monuments that surround the Cross that are also audio narrated.
  • Christians of all denominations are welcomed here. nonChristians are also welcomed. Although the highway next to the Cross, it is still relaxing to walk the grounds and read the stones and the ten commandments that surround the Cross.
  • This enormous Cross is strategically placed at the intersection of I-70 and I-57. There's a nice garden underneath. If you're in the business of looking for gigantic crosses, there is a taller one in St. Augustine, Florida and a slightly shorter one in Groom, Texas off I-40.

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