Hill of Crosses
Hill of Crosses is a famous Linthuania's symbol of defiance as much as a pilgrimage site. It is an old mound that lies under more than 100,000 crosses. As the wind blows across the fields, ornate rosaries swing on the metal and wooden crosses, filling the air with soft and mysterious sound of chimes.
Legends swirl around the Hill of Crosses. Locals say that you can glimpse a ghost procession of monks at the foot of the hill at sunrise, also the souls of the fallen pagan warriors are said to still haunt the hill at night. The tradition to place crosses on the began during the 1831, many of them reminders of quiet rebellion. After surviving the centuries the Hill of Crosses faced its most aggressive threat: The Soviet Union. The Soviet government tried to demolish the hill numerous times during the 1960s and ‘70s: they bulldozed it, burned the wooden crosses and removed the metal and stone ones for scrap and construction. But despite harsh punishments locals kept placing crosses here proving that people’s faith and spirit is stronger than bulldozers and intimidation.
After visit of Pope John Paul II the Hill of Crosses become a popular attraction for pilgrims and tourist from all over the world.
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