Lithuania: the “Kryžių kalnas” 30.12.2018

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Listed as one of the creepiest places on earth, the Hill of Crosses (Kryžių kalnas), is situated about 10 km north of Šiauliai in Lithuania. Why creepy? Well it will not take you a long time to realise; myriads of crosses of all sorts, sizes and carvings, planted into the ground in no particular logic or order, accompanied by hundreds of prayer beads and numerous Madonnas – a scene which confuses, gives one the creeps, startles in its awkwardness and exaggeration. However one can’t help but admire the energy of the devotion and ritual in this rather eccentric act of worship via the sacred symbol-both pagan and Christian. Crosses first appeared on the hill in the 14th century. They multiplied as symbols of suffering and faith during the anti-tsaritst uprisings. The area was bulldozed by the Red Army in 1961 (this act was considered an offense by the…

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