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Hill of Crosses

  

Colina das Cruzes or Kryžių kalnas

Two hillocks with perhaps 50,000 large crosses of all shapes and sizes, and millions of mini ones placed by individual pilgrims. The ancients have built fortresses that were burnt by the Teutonic Knights. Later, crosses were erected to commemorate heroes of anti-Russian rebellions. By the 20th Century, the site has become a place of pilgrimage with numerous crosses. During the Soviet days, it became a symbol of Roman Catholicism, and Lithuanians' desire for freedom.

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Taken on August 11, 2009