Trip date: Saturday August 25, 2013
The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is located near the town of Šiauliai. It is estimated that more than 100,000 crosses have been left at this location.
All in attendance: Kristen and Eric
We left Sigulda and returned to Riga where we hopped on a bus to Šiauliai, Lithuania. There we stayed a single night in a pleasantly over-green room at Simona Guesthouse. We would stay only a quick night here since this was a short stop to see the Hill of Crosses.
The Hill of Crosses is a short bus ride from the main bus station and a few blocks from a stop. People have a long tradition of leaving crosses on this hill from all over the world. On this day, we saw many newly weds leave an engraved cross among the mass piles of crucifixes and Jesus status.
The weather was gloomy and cloudy this day which makes the photos look like they were taken at a graveyard for hoarders. The crosses are not placed into organized rows and sections but more so piled on in giant heaps. I found it really whimsical to see crucifixes nailed upon larger crucifixes nailed upon larger crucifixes and so on. A substantially large Jesus status would be donning at leave 4-5 rosaries and there was even a section just for Mary paraphernalia.
This was a quick stop enroute to our next destination near the Curonian Spit.