Međugorje literally means "between the mountains". Is situated at an altitude of 200 m, and has a mild Mediterranean climate. Roman Catholic parish consists of five neighboring villages of Međugorje, Bijaković and Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci.
Međugorje is one of the most famous Catholic shrines in the world, located near the town Čitluk, in the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has about 4300 inhabitants, and became famous for the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, which first started in 1981. Since then, this place in Herzegovina, near Sarajevo, is one of the most visited tourist centers, which annually round about a million Catholics from around the world. In contrast to the Marian shrine at Lourdes in France, which has six million tourists who became a commercial paradise for local caterers, Međugorje shrine is still retained its original charm, where the pilgrims find peace in faith. Center of the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Međugorje shrine officially called, is the church of St. James in the city center.