Sunday, April 8, 2012

For Easter - Hill Of Crosses

A Vintage Green Life: HILL OF CROSSES:          

The Hill of Crosses is located in northern Lithuania
and over the years has become a National Pilgrimage center.
The tradition of placing crosses here dates back to the 14th century originally,
(I came across a few different dates while researching)
and probably arose as a symbol of Lithuanian defiance of foreign invaders.
In more recent times when Soviet Russia controlled it, the hill was leveled by
bulldozers three times...1961, 1973, and 1975.
The crosses were burned or turned to scrap metal and the area covered with waste and sewage.
Each time the Hill arose again when local inhabitants and pilgrims from
all over Lithuania rapidly replaced crosses on the hill.

Finally left in peace the sacred hill is now visited each year
by thousands of pilgrims, a good many of them leaving crosses,
some in memory of loved ones.

On windy days breezes blow through the crosses and hanging rosaries
producing their own unique music.

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