posted on Oct, 26 2012 @ 03:07 PM
I'll dive straight in... I was reading an article on Lithuania’s Haunting Hill of Crosses, I thought I would share, take a look -
Amid lush green hills in the Lithuanian countryside, just outside the city of Šiauliai, a strange sight greets visitors: tens of thousands of
crosses, big and small, made out of metal, wood or granite are piled on top of each other. While their purpose is at first unclear, as visitors move
along the crosses that snake uphill, their function is sadly unveiled.
It almost looks like a film set, and does look haunting, it all becomes a little clearer when you realise what this place is.
The year 1831 was an important one for Lithuania as it marked the end of the November Uprising (1830-31), during which partitioned Poland sought
independence from the Russian Empire. The neighboring states of Western Belarus, parts of Ukraine and Lithuania (also belonging to the Russian Empire)
soon joined the uprising. Despite this support, the insurgents only had about one third of the strength of the Russian Army, and soon the uprising was
crushed resulting in the loss of some 40,000 men.
Although not known for sure, it's believed from 1831 people began to leave crosses on the site of an old fort, to commemorate and remember those
killed fighting for the independence of Lithuania. It's continued to grow ever since.
The number of crosses left at the site has grown significantly in recent years. They roughly doubled between 1990 and 2006, growing from around
55,000 to over 100,000.
I find this place haunting, yes, but also beautiful in some way, I guess for what it represents.
A more detailed explanation and the source of all this information can be found here -