the hill of crosses: a photo essay

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Looking around, we see fields and fields of green grass! And then we see a hill. And on that hill, we see thousands and thousands of crosses.

Hundreds of thousands of crucifixes of all different varieties: wooden ones, metal ones, miniscule ones and gigantic ones.

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The Hill of Crosses is quite a remarkable sight. We felt a great reverence for those who have had a cross placed here for them as we walk through the narrow paths lined with crosses. This is a sacred pilgrimage site and we can certainly see why. There is a strong spiritual feel and a sense of peacefulness. Its location probably helps as it is rather removed from the hustle bustle of a major city.

The information behind the origin is all very hazy but it is believed that relatives placed crosses here for those who were killed during the 1800s uprising between Eastern Europe and the Russian Empire. Over the years, it has become a symbolic “grave” for anyone that has passed away.

During the Russian Occupation of Lithuania, this was the Lithuanians show of their unity, faith and identity.

The last thing we see during our visit is a stone that is inscribed with the words of Pope John Paul II following his visit. This really was a fitting summary of what we saw!

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We found this a moving place to visit.

Have you been to the Hill of Crosses? 

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22 thoughts on “the hill of crosses: a photo essay

    […] Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, we’ve previously shared a photo essay of it and still get goosebumps thinking about this place. The information around its history is a […]

    Kibinas - said:
    October 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    […] can check your answer by clicking here – be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post about The Hill of Crosses for the […]

    thegrownupgapyear said:
    August 19, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Your photos really captured the spirit of the place. Thanks for sharing.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 19, 2014 at 1:46 am

      Thank you 🙂 – it certainly is special place!

    Brad Bernard said:
    August 17, 2014 at 1:40 am

    That place is completely unreal!! I’d love to go check out the hill of crosses, I had no idea this place existed.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 17, 2014 at 2:40 am

      We had heard about it from a friend some time ago and so had it on our “list” to visit. When we saw it for ourselves – we were pretty speechless for a while.

        Brad Bernard said:
        August 17, 2014 at 2:42 am

        I should add it to my Best Travel Experiences list it is quite unique. Thanks for sharing!

    Nina said:
    August 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    this is similar to love padlock but different….

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! It is a rather unique thing to see 🙂

    joylovestravel said:
    August 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Fantastic pictures, never seen anything like this, what a special place to visit.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 15, 2014 at 3:15 am

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving us a comment 🙂 It was definitely very unique and special!

    Diana said:
    August 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    What a unique and moving place…….

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 15, 2014 at 3:17 am

      It was more moving and nothing like we expected! That always makes for a more special experience, doesn’t it? 🙂

        Diana said:
        August 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        SO TRUE! You guys are getting to experience so many special places and people……

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          August 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

          We are feeling very fortunate and grateful to be on this journey ….. But can’t believe we are almost halfway there already!

            Diana said:
            August 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

            I know! TIME FLIES!

    keeppicturing said:
    August 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Thank you for sharing this. I’ve never seen this kind of place. An amazing example of faith….:)

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Your words are so true about the display of faith. Glad to have been able to share something new and different! Thanks for your comment 🙂

    ifollowislands said:
    August 14, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Wow, I have never seen anything like it or in fact heard of this hill of crosses. Thank you so much for posting it. Lithuania is now on my radar more than ever as I’ve only heard great things from everyone. Are you staying there for longer? Looking forward to more posts! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

      No we were there only briefly about 3 weeks ago! We are now in France 🙂 Baltic States are definitely worth a visit!

    somewonderland said:
    August 14, 2014 at 6:18 am

    your photos whet my appetite to visit this place, so i’m really happy that I’ll go to the Hill of Crosses this Friday

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 14, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Ooooh… so good to hear! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it 🙂

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