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In the Land of Crosses
First Things ^ | September 25, 2013 | George Weigel

Posted on 09/25/2013 10:05:25 AM PDT by RBStealth

SIAULIAI, LITHUANIA—No one knows when pious Lithuanians first erected crosses of all sizes on a hill about seven miles north of the city of Siauliai; it may have been after an abortive 1831 uprising against Russian rule over the small Baltic country. Oftentimes, the bodies of Lithuanian patriots killed during that rebellion, and a similar revolt in 1863, could not be found. So their families planted crosses in their memory on a small mound that was eventually covered with memorials. During the country’s brief moment of independence between the First and Second World Wars, citizens of a free Lithuania continued to plant crosses near Siauliai, as the Hill of Crosses became a pilgrimage center.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture
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SIAULIAI, LITHUANIA


1 posted on 09/25/2013 10:05:25 AM PDT by RBStealth
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To: RBStealth

Beautiful.

If we tried that here, the Anti-Christian Lunacy Union (moniker courtesy of William Buckley) would have a screaming fit.


2 posted on 09/25/2013 10:21:14 AM PDT by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi
For anyone interested, there is a panoramic view of the Hill of Crosses at Google Earth.

Beautiful and moving.

3 posted on 09/25/2013 10:25:53 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RBStealth

Another article and several amazing pics:

http://sacredsites.com/europe/lithuania/hill_of_crosses.html


4 posted on 09/25/2013 11:46:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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