Hill of Crosses (Siauliai, Lithuania) Reviews
Newest Review: ... there in the middle ages but was destroyed in 1348. For a few centuries the hill remained bare and in the 19th century became sacred. People say that first crosses were built on the Hill by the rebels that died in the 1831 rebellion as relatives weren't allowed to pay proper tribute to their graves. Even more crosses were built after the rebellion of 1863 against the Russian occupiers. After suppressing the revolt, Russian authorities banned the cross-building, punished the owners of land where any crosses still stood and teared them down. People were very determained and didn't stop setting up crosses. They simply looked for more distant lo... more
Customer Hill of Crosses (Siauliai, Lithuania) Reviews (1)
by - written on 02/07/10, updated on 28/09/11 (Very useful, 360 readings)
I want to share with all of you my experiences about one of the most unique and heart-warming places in Lithuania. It is the Hill of Crosses near an industrial city of Siauliai. I have been there a few times already but every time I have become so touchy, emotional and sentimental... WHAT IS IT? The Hill of Crosses (in Lithuanian - Kryziu Kalnas) is a special place where for about 150 years people build crosses. Now it is thought there are about 200 thousand crosses there. The size and variety of crosses is amazing! Carved out of wood or sculpted from metal, decorated or plain, the crosses range from three meters tall to the countless tiny ones ... Read the complete review
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