Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

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One shot of many that I took at this interesting place in northern Lithuania, a pilgrimage site and national symbol of identity and survival.
The placing of crosses here most likely dates to the early 19th century, when symbolic ones were planted in the ruins of an old hill fort to honor Lithuanians who had died rebelling against Russia, but whose bodies could not be found. Over time people would come to pray and leave more and more crosses, until eventually the Hill seemed to be forested with them. Effigies and rosaries are also found all over the site.
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eugene francis pembroke

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