Lithuania: Klaipeda & the Hill of Crosses

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Klaipeda
Our good friend Rugile’s seaside hometown where we finally got to meet her lovely parents

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Hill of Crosses
Our final stop in Lithuania before heading into Latvia. The Hill of Crosses is a pilgrimage site which also serves as a memorial to the country’s fallen freedom fighters. The oldest crosses date back to the early 1800’s and today, over 400,000 are said to be situated on the hill. Apart from crosses, pilgrims have also placed crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, and thousands of rosaries.

It’s quite difficult to comprehend what this maze of crosses looks like until you see it for yourself. I still feel a little bummed out that we got there too late and had to rely on the lighting to imagine the site in all its glory. Nevertheless, it was eerie in as much as it was astonishing. A must visit when in Lithuania.

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  1. Pingback: Lithuania: Klaipeda & the Hill of Crosses – LethologicaMe

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