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139 vilnius Three Crosses Hill

Taken in August 2014. The original three crosses were wooden and by tradition commemorated some Christian martyrs from the time when Lithuania was still pagan. There is no clear evidence that this was the case and they appear to have been erected long after the event. They eventually fell down in 1869 but the then Tsarist authorities would not allow their replacement and they were not replaced until 1916.

 

These concrete replacements are lying in the foreground, having been blown up by the Soviet authorities in 1950. They were replaced in 1989 with some that were higher than the originals and these are visible between the trees. There is a fine view from the crosses and this can be seen in the next picture.

 

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Taken on August 15, 2014