Haunted Hill of Crosses

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This must be one of the most Haunted Places of the World:DSC_0258

The Hill of Crosses  is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, 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 Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.

To be honest, I didn’t feel very pleasant when I walked over the hill from one end to the other and back.

Nevertheless, I am happy to share this image which maybe the best picture  took over there.

29 thoughts on “Haunted Hill of Crosses

  1. I am half Lithuanian, but never suspected that the religion of my forbears had sucjh a strangle hold on people. In Lafayette Ca. the hill beside the train station is covered with over 4,000 crosses representing the losses from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It is pretty sad looking too.

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