mandag 20. april 2015

Lithuania - Hill of Crosses north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania

It is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city  of Siauliai, in northern Lithuania.  The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaiciai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 100.000 in 2006.

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