One cannot help but be struck and taken aback at the remarkable beauty of this landmark, which according to Pope John Paul II is one representative of ‘hope, peace, love and sacrifice’. The Hill of Crosses has suffered a long history of revolutions. The crosses embedded into the soil were laid in memory of rebels who had been fighting Russian occupation since the 1800s. It is a site of utmost importance in the recent history of the country and should not be missed on Šiauliai holidays. People travel in cars, buses and sometimes on foot over distances of more than 10 kilometres to reach the legendary monument in the town of Šiaulia.
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After the end of the First World War, Lithuania enjoyed a brief period of independence. However, in 1944, it was taken under Soviet rule, and would not regain its indepence again until 1990. Although the Russians were fiercely opposed to the symbolic importance of Hill of Crosses, it survived many demolition attempts and today, is one of the most visitied sites in the world. Only a few thousand crosses came to be demolished during Soviet rule and due to the dedocation of visitors who come bringing Lithuanian crosses as a sign of respect, the number is now nearing 200,000 crosses.
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It is easy to identify the cross its unique shape, which sometimes includes a circle. The legendary Hill of Crosses has survived two demolition attempts, in which the Soviets bulldozed almost every cross. Since the 1990s, the Hill of Crosses has grown vastly in numbers and it is still getting bigger by the day. If you are interested in visiting this historically fascinating country whilst renting your Šiauliai apartments , you cannot miss out on a trip to the Hill of Crosses. Buses leave from the capital city Vilnius every three hours between the hours of 5 am and 7 pm and the journey takes three hours. Getting around in Lithuania is quite easy – thanks to its relatively small size. One can easily arrive at Vilnius airport from any part of Europe, or your can drive in from any where in Europe.