Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Cross Hill

This hill is located 12 km from Siauliai in Lithuania. It is full of thousands of crosses, that represent the Christian identity of the country and its people. This city was founded in the 13th century AD. This tradition was introduced from its foundation, maybe to symbolise the resistance of the people against foreign rule. During the course of time this Cross Hill marked a peaceful location and was considered a way of reacting against the Nazi Germans and Communist Russians especially in the 20th century, when people continued placing crosses of all sizes.

This tradition continues to this day by locals and travellers visiting this unique place. The variety of crosses is vast. Some crosses are three meters high and some are so small that they hang from the larger ones.

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