On first look from distance, it appears to be a place where there are a large number of thick sticks like structures piling up, somewhat close to each other so much so that you cannot differentiate one from the other.
But when you give it a close look you realize that they are not just simple wooden sticks, rather they are crosses which are standing there. Crosses of different colours so much so that even the styles are different to a large extent.
It appears strange, your eyes too might not be able to believe but basically it is a place in The Hill of Crosses is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. It has more than 50,000 crosses.
Unbelievable! Yet true to the core. 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. People say this tradition appeared before the Christianity came to Lithuania and Russia and is of pagan origin.
Almost each cross is of different colour, size and metal which gives the place an altogether different look.
Rosaries, pictures of Jesus and the saints, and photographs of Lithuanian patriots also decorate the larger crosses. On windy days breezes blowing through the forest of crosses and hanging rosaries produces a uniquely beautiful music…..
Simply awesome and amazing.
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