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Hill of Crosses

Jurgaiciu, Meskuiciu, Korgessaare Šiauliai 81439 - Lithuania, Estonia
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Unique place

The hundreds thousands of crosses look impressive , worth a visit , but too far from Vilnius... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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Nice place to visit

Very nice place to visit and definitely worth the drive. Slightly chilling with all the crosses... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
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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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Jurgaiciu, Meskuiciu, Korgessaare Šiauliai 81439 - Lithuania, Estonia

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 8 June 2016

A friend had visited here last year and recommended it. Very, very impressive site and experience. Thousands of crosses places to claim their heritage and identity against the various occupations. I must note I did find a Star of David there and my Jewish friends...More

Thank Bill A
Reviewed 30 May 2016

This was a place that really gave a Surreal feeling! So many- a lot of different crosses! Magical place with it's meaning!

Thank Linda_Sprr
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

We made a detour to visit the Hill of Crosses when we were traveling between Riga and Vilnius. It is worth of a 45 minute stop and held the attention of all of our kids. It is worth reading the history online beforehand or watching...More

Thank ctobriens
Reviewed 22 July 2015

On a fairly remote location, there are hundreds of thousands of crosses placed by Estonians initially as a protest to the anti-religion of communism and a protest to the takeover of their country. Certainly worth the trip to see this, and on the path between...More

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 30 December 2014

While travelling with friends we came across the hill of crosses by fortune....it wasn't our destination but we soon stopped and had a look...it's truly inspiring and spiritual....it's not a commercial site but very true and authentic...it not a massive place and there's nothing else...More

Thank Mathew M
Reviewed 19 December 2014

...and a little overwhelming! But worth every painstaking part of the journey. We flew to Riga in Latvia and stayed, it was difficult to get to Siauliai, Lithuania, despite the information online saying differently. The Hill of Crosses was one of the most magnificent journeys...More

Thank Cazaroon
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Riivo M
By the URL of this page, it includes "Reviews-Hill_of_Crosses-Korgessaare_Hiiu_County" but almost half of the photos are from the more famous one in Lithuania: photos by Ron W. and Linda_Sprr. They should be removed to the correct place out from Hiiumaa page, otherwise it is misleading.
28 August 2016|
Response from Bill A | Reviewed this property |
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Susan B
Is it possible to get an organised day trip from Villinus to the Hill of Crosses - and if so, what kind of price would it be? Thanks in advance!
15 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.