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Hill of Crossesfor travellers

Hill of Crosses near the Meskuiciai, on the left bank of the Kulpe River, sits the famous Kryziu Kalnas (HILL OF CROSSES). After the rebellions during the 1800s, people from near and far began to put crosses on the hill in memory of relatives who had been killed. Normally, crosses are put on graves, but since many of the rebels' graves were unknown, the Hill of Crosses became a symbolic grave for all those who had been killed.


In 1963, a memorial rock was placed on the Hill of Crosses to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1863 Rebellion. The number of crosses on the hill continues to increase to this day. Now there are about 15 thousand crosses standing on the Hill with about 40 thousand smaller crosses hung on the large ones. The crosses used to be placed by Stalin deportees, political prisoners and believers, who prayed God for freedom and independence of Lithuania.

Hill of Crosses is a center of  Catholicism

After the restoration of Lithuania's in-dependence, the Hill of Crosses became one of the centres of Catholicism in Lithuania. Solemn festivities were arranged on the Hill of Crosses in September of 1993, when Pope John Paul II visited Lithuania. Holy Father said such words: "Thank you Lithuanians for this hill of crosses testifying a great faith of this land for Europe and entire world."



In 2000, the Franciscan monastery was built at the Hill of Crosses. The construction under the design of Italian architect Nunzio Rimmaudo was supported by Italian Tuscany region's Franciscan society.  The forest of crosses on the Hill of Crosses


In 1993 it was visited by Pope John Paul II.

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 Lithuania is not very popular country for traveling.  Also some people doesn't has an ability to come and leave their own cross here.   You can leave your own cross on the Hill of crosses.  We will try to help you and put your emailed cross here. For more information contact us here:  Contacts


Metal Cross on the Hill of crosses

 Find your own Cross in this gallery

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 Holy mass on 26th - 27th of July 2018

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Feast of the Hill of crosses on 26th of July 2018 

Pilgrims Hike on 27th of July 2018. Read more about Holy Mass on 26th and 27 th of July

Visit popular place in Lithuania the Hill of Crosses

        The Hill of Crosses has about 100 000 crosses. It is said that first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The Hill of Crosses ia an historical architectural monument, it is a unique composition of folk art. The Hill of crosses atract's people with it's peace, spirituality, authenticity and sacred nature. The hill of crosses was visited by Pope John Paul II. Even more crosses appeared after the rebellion in 1863. At tht time the traditions of visiting and erecting crosses on the hill of crosses were being formed. The Hill of crosses became a place of vows in Lithuania. In the beginning of the 20th century, the hill was already quite well known. It was being visited by a lot of people, and services and feasts were taking place here. Now It has about 100 000 cross.

Hill of crosses. Popular place in Lithuania
Find your cross on the Hill of Crosses
Hill of crosses, millions of crosses in one place Wood cross on the Hill of Crosses
Cross from unknown Pilgrims. There are thousands of crosses on the Hill of Crosses.

Pope John Paul II visiting Hill of Crosses 

 In 1993 it was visited by Pope John Paul II. The Hill of crosses in Lithuania has left a deap inpression on Pope John Paul II. Also by initiative of Pope was build  Monastery close to the hill.

Golden Cross on the Hill of Crosses
Pope John Paul II Visiting Hill of Crosses in Lithuania
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