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They say there are 55,000 in total, but I really wonder if it is more than that. One can easily get lost in the sea of relics on display at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. I had seen pictures before setting out on the 3 hour bus ride to the small town of Siauliai, but none will ever do the site justice.

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It is said that people started leaving crosses here as early as the 1831 uprising against Russia. Crosses were left at this site when they couldn’t find the bodies of loved ones. Later, when occupied by the Soviet Union, Lithuanians would continue to travel here to leave crosses in remembrance of their cultural identity. The Soviet forces even bulldozed the site at least 3 times, so it is even more amazing to see how many crosses have accumulated in this location since then.

Some people might dismiss the site since it sounds to be a huge religious site, but it is truly so much more than that. The history and cultural significance of the Hill of Crosses make this site a must-see in Lithuania.

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6 Responses to Totally Crossed Out!

  1. Toby October 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Hey Brooke, excellent blog which I have just spent most of the day reading. Have $25 for your efforts – BAM!

  2. Brooke October 6, 2008 at 10:27 am #

    Wow, thanks Toby! You just made my day!

  3. [F]oxymoron October 6, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    Hey Brooke, this is a really cool post! I’m guessing you can (attempt to) walk throughout the site? Or is it closed off… which makes me wonder how somebody places a cross in just the right place?

  4. Brooke October 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Yeah, there are paths where you can walk through to look or place crosses.

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