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The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania - an unusual site of pilgrimage

The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania - an unusual site of pilgrimage

The Hill of Crosses is situated a few kilometers from the Lithuanian city of Siauliai and is a very strange place: on a small hill there are more than 50,000 crosses and from a distance it seems to be the cemetery. However, this is not the case. The Hill of Crosses is a place of pilgrimage, where come people from different countries in order to install its nominal cross. It is believed that this will help to get rid of severe diseases and entice good luck on their side.

According to Cultural Studies, historians and ethnographers have two versions of the origin of the hill. As for the first, once this place was an ancient pagan temple, which has kept its value even after the Lithuania’s adoption of Christianity in XIV century. As for another version, the Hill of Crosses appeared in memory of Lithuanian soldiers who died in the Polish revolt in 1830-1831.

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