The Hill of 3 Crosses | Vilnius, Lithuania

Sunday, 3 June 2018

The Hill of 3 Crosses is a monument that sits on a hill overlooking Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. When I visited Lithuania, we climbed it on our last day, just before we left to go to the airport. I really love taking cities in from viewpoints and along with walking tours, it is one of the things I try to do in every city I visit and so I absolutely loved visiting this beautiful monument.

The history of the monument is that, legend has it that seven Franciscan monks were once crucified there. The crosses were originally wooden and were erected in the 17th century. Stalin had these crosses removed and buried and only in 1989 were the new, concrete crosses put up. It therefore symbolises both mourning and hope for Lithuanians.

The hike up to the top of the hill is really lovely. It was quite cold and a little muddy when we did it in February but totally worth it when we got to the top, saw the monument and had the beautiful view over the old town and the red roofs of Vilnius! It isn't quite captured in the pictures I took as the trees and the lower hills got in the way but it is definitely worth a trip up to the monument if you are in Vilnius!

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