Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses

The remarkeable Hill of Crosses near to Siauliai in northern Lithuania is not a graveyard but a pilgrimage site that probably dates back to pre-Christian times. Thousands of wooden crosses - large and small, simple and elaborate - have been planted here by pilgrims over the years. The site represents Lithuanian national sentiment as much as it does religious expression. Because of this, the site was bulldozed repeatedly during the 1960s as it symbolised a threat to Soviet hegemony.
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Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses
The remarkeable Hill of Crosses near to Siauliai in northern Lithuania is not a graveyard but a pilgrimage site that probably dates back to pre-Christian times. Thousands of wooden crosses - large and small, simple and elaborate - have been planted here by pilgrims over the years. The site represents Lithuanian national sentiment as much as it does religious expression. Because of this, the site was bulldozed repeatedly during the 1960s as it symbolised a threat to Soviet hegemony.
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Location:
Siauliai, Lithuania
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