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Hill of Crosses

Meskuiciu, Jurgaiciu 81439, Lithuania
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Amazing pilgrimage site

We were on our way from Vilnius to Riga on this cold gray rainy day when we stopped at the Hill of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The Hill of Crosses is an area on the highway covered with crosses, the development of which is related to the expulsion of the Reigi Swedes in August 1781. Tsarina Catherin II signed an order that allowed the Swedes to resettle in South-Ukraine. On August 20, 1781, the emigrants gathered on the Hill of Crosses and conducted their last church service. Thus they said farewell to the place that been home to the Swedes for at least 400 to 500 years. Initially, the people who were leaving the island came to the Hill of Crosses to make their crosses. Today, things are backwards – crosses are made by those who come to the island for the first time.
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Meskuiciu, Jurgaiciu 81439, Lithuania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being an avid traveller after a while only the totally unusual becomes of any real interest and this place is quintessentially bizarre. Can't recommend visiting Hill of Crosses enough if you are anywhere near the area!

Thank dunbro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on our way from Vilnius to Riga on this cold gray rainy day when we stopped at the Hill of Crosses. The place is so uplifting as underscores the enduring and resilient faith of the Lithuanians. The 200,000 or more crosses of all...More

Thank Ofelia G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was on the way and not that well signposted but we found it with too much problem. 90 c to park the car or you can risk parking on side of the road....I think it is worth the 90c because the up keep. You...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

From the parking lot, you have a 5-8 minute walk to the "hill" that is adorned with thousands of crosses. The site actually started in the 1800's with first one cross, then two, then a few, then many. In the 20th century, the Russians bull-dozed...More

Thank Dee_in_DE
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The Hill of Crosses is an incredible place that has to be both seen and felt - it is unique. There are hundreds of thousands of crosses that have been placed there and spending time to look at them makes you appreciate just how unique...More

Thank adventurer021
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I don't think it's worth a day trip from Riga or Vilnius, but nevertheless an impressive place filled with crosses of all types and sizes promoting religion and commemorating loved ones. Especially suitable for people interested in religion. We skipped the nearby (new) monastery. There's...More

Thank cinbkk
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

The hundreds thousands of crosses look impressive , worth a visit , but too far from Vilnius, almost 5 hours both ways on train then bus.

Thank Eylondon1
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice place to visit and definitely worth the drive. Slightly chilling with all the crosses, but it is a good hour spent walking on and around the hill. Very cool indeed.

Thank Bryggeren
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Well, it wasn't my first visit here but once again I really liked the place. This place is absolutely spectacular. I have never seen something like that anywhere in the world. It's a must see place in Lithuania!

Thank Andrius T
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This place is beautiful and very moving. The hill is closer to Riga than Vilnius - only 1h40 minutes on very good roads. It's free to go and will reward you with some amazing photos. There's an official entrance that has a souvenir shop and...More

Thank Warren W
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Riivo M
29 August 2016|
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Susan B
16 February 2015|
Response from pttbw | Reviewed this property |
We stopped at Hill of Crosses while driving from Vilnius to Riga. However there were several coaches in the coach park so it may be possible but they may have come from Riga. Sorry cannot help more.