Daily Archives: 28 July, 2006

christians are creepy…


Hill of Crosses  格auliai, lithuania


Hill of Crosses  šiauliai, lithuania


Hill of Crosses  šiauliai, lithuania

…but they make some wicked cool memorials. the Hill of Crosses in lithuania is located some 40km south of the latvian border. the importance of this site goes back to the 14th century as a place where catholics paid tribute to the survival of the church in the face of numerous invasions. in more recent times, the hill was bull-dozed by the soviets many times beginning in 1961 (going so far is to level the hill and dump rubbish on the site) each time coming back bigger, stronger and creepier than before. during the great soviet debacle, placing a cross on the hill was dangerous and forbidden and had more to do with lithuanian nationalism than an act of devotion. today the hill is once again a place of pilgrimage, where the faithful can create a memorial fire hazard in relatively safe environs…