Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses is a powerful symbol of faith and perseverance. This small hill, which in early times accommodated a defensive fortification, is totally hidden by a multitude of crosses planted in the ground by local believers. During the Soviet era, authorities regularly tore down and burned the crosses, though many of them were valuable examples of folk art. Undaunted, Lithuanian Catholics, artists, and patriots would steal up the hill at night and plant more. The last major attempt at leveling the shrine was in 1975. Since then, local people and travelers have placed thousands upon thousands of crosses on the hill. The evocative atmosphere of this sacred place draws thousands of believers and pilgrims each year.

PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013