How to solve the way of the cross puzzle beneath the library in San Juan?

The way of the cross puzzle is one of the toughest challenges in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It must be solved by Lara once she reaches San Juan in the latter part of the game (Via Veritas main mission). The entire solution, including all the steps required to complete the puzzle in the library and the actions to be taken near the stations in the crypt hidden beneath the library, is provided below.

  • Finding the entrance to the secret crypt
  • The puzzle at the second station of the way of the cross
  • The puzzle at the third station of the way of the cross
  • The puzzle at the fourth station of the way of the cross
  • The puzzle at the sixth station of the way of the cross

Finding the entrance to the secret crypt

The puzzle must be solved in the library in Mission of San Juan (as shown in the image above). Jonah provides Lara with a leaflet containing information about the way of the cross (Seven Steps Closer to God), which will assist in solving the puzzle.

While some additional items, such as letters, can be found in the library, they are not essential. Breaking the section of wall depicted in the image above will reveal a wall with a quote.

Head to the library’s upper floor and locate the book shown in the image above to trigger a cut-scene.

Another damaged wall is located on the floor. Use the axe to reveal a new quote.

Return to the ground floor and examine the largest mural (Heron and Eclipse). Press the interaction button to initiate a cut-scene and reveal another mural.


The next step involves locating the cross. Enter the room on the opposite side of the library and use the axe to destroy the section of wall indicated in image 1. This will reveal a large cross (as shown in image 2). Picking up the cross will unlock a secret passage to the crypt.

The puzzle at the second station of the way of the cross

Move the cart towards the hole in the ceiling through which light is coming in. The light must reflect in a way that shines on the circular hole in the wall (as seen in the image above). This will unlock further passage.

The puzzle at the third station of the way of the cross

Approach Jonah and press the conversation button. Jonah will assist Lara in climbing up, enabling her to redirect light onto the Virgin Mary’s statue. This will unlock another passage.

The puzzle at the fourth station of the way of the cross

Approach the device with the spinning wheel. Turn it to change the location where the light is cast. The light must be directed onto the fresco of a woman.

To proceed forward, approach the fresco and activate the lever. This will open up a new path leading to the next station. The fifth station doesn’t have any puzzles to solve.

At the sixth station of the way of the cross, you will come across a room containing a giant cross and two spinning wheels. Begin by reaching the spinning wheel on the left side of the room from the entrance. Cast the light on the scene depicting the crucifixion, which is in the middle of the room as shown in the picture. After that, pull the lever near the scene.

Next, move to the spinning wheel on the right side of the room from the entrance. Cast the light on the scene depicting Jesus’ crucifixion, which is on the left side of the room as shown in the picture. Then, pull the lever near the scene.

Once you have successfully solved the puzzle, a passage will be revealed near the large cross, as shown in picture 1. Head through this passage to find the Ix Chel chest in the next room. Completing this puzzle will also unlock The Chosen One trophy.

FAQ

1. What is the way of the cross puzzle beneath the library in San Juan?

The way of the cross puzzle is a popular attraction located beneath the library in San Juan. It is a set of 14 mosaic tiles that depict different stages of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Visitors are invited to follow the path of the cross by starting at tile one and moving through each tile until the final one.

2. How difficult is the way of the cross puzzle?

The difficulty level of the way of the cross puzzle can vary depending on your familiarity with the story of the crucifixion and your puzzle-solving skills. Some people may find it challenging to decipher the meaning behind each tile while others may find it easier. However, the puzzle is designed to be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

3. Are there any tips for solving the way of the cross puzzle?

One tip for solving the way of the cross puzzle is to take your time and carefully examine each tile. Look for clues in the images and try to connect them to the story of the crucifixion. It may also be helpful to bring a guidebook or research the story beforehand to refresh your memory.

4. What is the significance of the way of the cross puzzle?

The way of the cross puzzle is a powerful representation of the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ. It serves as a reminder of the importance of faith, hope, and love in our lives. The puzzle also highlights the unique artistry and creativity of the people of San Juan. It is a beloved cultural landmark and a must-see attraction for visitors to the city.

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