Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is one of the most fascinating pilgrimage sites we’ve ever seen. It is 12km outside Siauliai, and on this small hill lies 100,000 crosses. It is the most memorable symbol of Lithuanian catholicism, and every attempt to remove it has been met by sharp resistance and a redoubled effort to rebuild the crosses on the hill. The exact origin of the site isn’t clear.
It was a worthwhile, easy stop on our trip north There is plenty of parking (including free parking on the road), and about a 10 minute walk to the hill itself. It was wonderfully undeveloped (apart from a small gift shop and restrooms at the paid parking lot, and the approach made us appreciate how cool this place was. It wasn’t crowded when we were there, and the kids loved checking out all the different crosses, even if they didn’t really understand or appreciate the significance of it.