Hill of crosses

Established in 1831 the hill first stood as a monument to religious defiance in the face of soviet totalitarianism. Today it still serves as a testament to the devotion and fierce will of those who risked their lives to erect it. Over the years people from all around the world have continued to come and add their own crosses and religious artefacts.

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Visiting, as we did, on a blustery damp autumn morning we doubted that much could be worth leaving the warm, dry confines of the van but even through the glasses of my staunch atheism my jaw dropped open when I realised the sheer scale and unfathomable quantity that now defines the hill. Through the forest of the tallest crosses stands a packed garden of smaller wooden crosses and monuments, rosaries and statues ensuring that not a patch of bare earth can be seen. Any cross large enough has now become home to at least a dozen more, the result being a wonderfully unique and beautifully disorganised representation of the scale and devotion of those practising the Christian faith around the world.

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