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Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

Posted on March 22, 2007 by


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These are photos of unknown author from Hill of Crosses.

It has more than 50,000 crosses on it, and no it is not a cemetery.

The reasons for the crosses to be there is that there is a story that each one who would put his own cross on this mountain would become a lucky guy, so thousands come here and install their custom crosses.

They say this tradition appeared before the Christianity came to Lithuania and Russia and is of pagan origin.


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40 Responses to “Hill of Crosses in Lithuania”

  1. g. says:

    i have been there..and it is really amazing

  2. FRESCO says:

    Is think this is very macabre :S.

  3. Finnish Alcoholics Online says:

    That is the place where my previous body was buried. I’m a Buddha-7.

    • ringm says:

      Buddha-9 is the one who would be really cool, he would make anyone else a Buddha-9 instantly on contact. This would get the whole world into Nirvana pretty quickly.

    • Texas1 says:

      You might have a buddha belly or like to smoke the buddha but you are no buddhist.

  4. Texas1 says:

    BTW, are you a SPEA (School of Public & Environmental Affairs) prof or a real environmental engineering prof? I think you are SPEA.

    • Texas1 says:

      I was just curious. I didn’t have you pegged as the super analytical egghead type. However, I knew you were smarter that the geeky history majors on here that flip burgers at McDonald’s for a living.

  5. Andy says:

    CB,

    Whistling away “Always look on the bright side of life” Heh!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHPOzQzk9Qo

  6. Steven says:

    The Apple Vending Machine shouldn’t be too far off now…

    http://www.ipodconverter.

  7. fromukrainewithlove says:

    i just need to say this…..russian pride its world wide:D:D

    SLAVA SLAVANIAM…….

  8. fromukrainewithlove says:

    i’m a bit drunk when i post this so…..

  9. Zugzug says:

    Uh, maybe I’m missing something, but what does this have to do with Russia? Stop advertising your tiny, attention whoring countries, damnit.

  10. peacay says:

    “These are photos of unknown author”

    You sure about that?

    What about billy-red livejournal — who got the images from flickr.

    NAME YOUR SOURCES!!!

  11. Raymond says:

    Hello / Labas

    Thank you for promoting my video.
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  12. Viktorija says:

    Hi,

    Just wondering, what russia has to do with it?! I mean its catholic think hill of crosses, and russians even have different kind of cross. I mean if rusians occupated lithuania for a certain time (cant remember how many years) so it doesnt mean that everything what owns and has lithuania, it belongs to them as well. And we had that hill of crosses even before russians had anything to do with lithuania

  13. viktorija says:

    Russia has nothing to do with it, its catholic thing!!!! And they even wanted to destroy it. So if we were in sovietic union for 50 years, so it doesnt mean, that everything what belongs to us, what we created it belongs to them as well. From Wikipedia:
    Most recently, the site took on a special significance during the years 1944-1990, when Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union. Continuing to travel to the Hill and leave their tributes, Lithuanians used it to demonstrate their allegiance to their original identity, religion and heritage; it was a venue of peaceful resistance. Although the Soviets worked hard to remove new crosses, and bulldozed the site at least three times (including attempts in 1963 and 1973).[4] There were even rumors that the authorities planned to build a dam on the nearby Kulvė River, a tributary to Mūa, so that the hill would end up under water.[2]

  14. svengali says:

    This is a very macabre pagan thing. Someone should take a can of gasoline and burn it.

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  16. Żal says:

    I think its offensive to say “lucky guy” because most people belive for miracles in really hard cases. And its part of religion

  17. Josie says:

    This is so beautiful. I can’t believe it only takes 6 minutes to walk through, as the man in the video said. I think I would spend a very long time there, looking at everything closely….and leaving a cross, of course.

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  20. Lithuanian says:

    This place wouldn’t exist if not the for Russian, and later Soviet occupation of Lithuania. Especially during the Soviet occupation, this was one of the symbols of resistance. Bulldozed three times, rose again immediatelly after.

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