Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument ( Hill of Crosses)

As we are approaching Easter, I have been thinking of crucifixion (crosses), death of Jesus and his subsequent  rise from the death.

The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania reminds me of the earthly sufferings and Easter gives us new hope.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 048

Have been reviewing some information on the Hill of Crosses, the one from Wikipedia, which is quoted below seems to be the best:

The Hill of Crosses ( Kryžių kalnas ) 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 Jurgaičiai 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 Catholics pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 050

I was somewhat stunned by the number of crosses when I first visited the site and walked up the Hill. These are “monuments” which come to mind this Easter.

Happy Easter 🙂


41 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument ( Hill of Crosses)

  1. Isn’t it interesting that we all carry a cross of some kind. An inner burden or torment. It is the hope of Christ’s resurrection that provides THE WAY, the link reconnecting separated mankind to the compassionate heart of God. Would that we all would plant our crosses before the final cross of the One who paid it all.


  2. Well that is certainly appropriate for this week. What a sight – all those crosses.
    By the way, were you able to listen to my music?

  3. You are ritgh Michael, excellent response for this week. I didn’t know the existence of this “Hill of Crosses”, it seems to be a great monument, and an exciting place to visit (I would have liked to see more views of the site!)!

  4. I remember reading about this in a book called “Europe” by Jan Morris. Must be an overwhelming experience to see thousands of crosses of many different kinds clustered together. The sheer variety of art in your picture is mind-boggling. Thanks for sharing. Would love to go here someday!

  5. Pingback: A monument to loss, and a touchstone for action | Shaking the tree

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