Hill of Crosses

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Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses, also known as Kryžių kalnas, is a Lithuanian site of pilgrimage. It is found about 12 km north of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The origin of practice for the leaving the crosses on the hill is unknown but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising.[1] The number of crosses is known but it was estimated that there were 55,000 in 1990[2] and 100,000 in 2006.[3] On September 7, 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the site and declared it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice.[4]

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Coordinates: 56°00′55″N 23°25′00″E / 56.01528°N 23.4166667°E / 56.01528; 23.4166667