Sunday, 20 June 2010

Hill of Crosses

I've heard of this amazing sight (or is that site?), now a UNESCO World Heritage Site so I'm delighted to have received a card showing the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania.

Its precise origins are a little obscure but it seems that people started putting crosses on a hill after an uprising in 1831.  the numbers of them have grown from about 130 in 1900 to an estimated 100,000 in 2006.  This is in spite of repeated bulldozing during the Soviet era.  There are now not only the crosses, but also crucifixes, statues, carvings and rosaries.


  1. That's an amazing sight! I don't think I've ever seen that many crosses in such close proximity before.

  2. Wow. That's an extraordinary place that I had previously known nothing about. Going there must be a rewarding religous experience.

  3. It is, I think, unique. Certainly I've never seen anything like it.

  4. Wow, very nice postcards. I am into postcards too, enjoyed postcrossing for a while until i got busy with a lot of things. my hands are quite full now. but i have a stamp blog you might wanna visit!

  5. You must get back to Postcrossing, Ashley! :)


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