Photo Friday: Hill of Crosses (Lithuania)

Europe, International Travel, Photography

While the precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006. One can buy crosses of varying sizes to leave on the hill, which has now expanded well beyond the original location.

Photos taken July 2013.