The Hill of the Crosses

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October 12, 2006 by Joseph Krohn

The Hill of the Crosses is situated in northern Lithuania. Close to the border with Latvia. The Hill is a witness to the religious devotion of the Lithuanian people and to its continual fight for independence.The beginnings of this remarkable hill are shrouded in mystery. No one is really certain how or why this hill become a monument to Christ and to the Lithuanian nation. The site was first mentioned as early as the 14th century. In more recent times, the Hill has become a source of national pride. This occurred during 1931 and 1963, when anti-Soviet uprising occurred, and once again during the 50 year Soviet occupation of Lithuania, which began with the second world war. The Soviets bulldozed the hill tree times and dug a ditch around the hill to stop anyone from entering this site. Yet people continued to plant crosses. Planting a cross was considered a punishable crime by the Soviets, yet crosses continued to appear.

In 1991, with the advent of Lithuanian independence, the Hill of the Crosses became a national symbol of the fight for independence. At that time, an estimated 35,000 crosses were already laid, varying in size from a few centimeters to 4 meters. The Pope John Paul II paid homage to the site in 1993 and donated a statue of the crucified Christ.

Today, the crosses number in the hundred of thousands. This eerie place attracts both locals and tourists. Walking among numerous crosses, some decorated with devotion to loved ones, one can hear the rosaries rattle in the wind. This little hillock has long been a potent symbol of suffering, hope, devotion, and the undefeated faith of the Lithuanian people.

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3 thoughts on “The Hill of the Crosses

  1. Blogless says:

    Dr. “K”

    Keep up the good work… In your next article, would you comment on BAD: Blog Addiction Disorder?

    A New York Times article called “Hooked on the Web” says some specialists believe 6 to 10% of Internet users have an unhealthy addiction to the Internet — and they are ready to offer addiction recovery services. Some are even calling it Internet Addiction Disorder or IAD. And, of course, blogging is listed as one of the addictive Internet activies in the article. How long before some mental health professionals come up with BAD or Blog Addiction Disorder and offer recovery services to boot?

    Thank You!

  2. A Blog Addict says:

    Dr. Krohn

    Looking forward to your response. I am suffering from Blog Addiction myself. Ever since my friends started saying mean things about me on their blog, I have to stop and check their blogs all the time. I skip bathroom breaks at school to slip into the computer lab and read their blogs, I race home and get on the Mac to see the latest… I need help!

    Gracious!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I cry out in my time of need and no one cares!

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