Labas from Lithuania

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Beautiful card from Jolanta from Lithuania. 🙂 She has written the card in Lithuanian – we had a bet, we wanted to see if we could understand each other’s languages (with the help of google translate, of course). Well, I couldn’t… 😦

The card shows a little bit of everything – views from the biggest cities, as well as some resorts. I just want to saw a few words about the picture in the bottom right corner. This place is called Kryžių kalnas – The Hill of Crosses. It is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed there in 1831, after an uprising against the Russian tsar. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006. More pictures you could see here.

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