Hill of Crosses
Jurgaičiai 81439, Lithuania
say a prayerAlthough not religious I admit to saying a prayer when I visit sacred sites around the world. It is a way of paying respect to the culture and beliefs of others. The Hill of Crosses located outside Šiauliai in Lithuania is a well known pilgrimage site. Literally thousands if not hundreds of thousands of crosses mark this location. The origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed in 1831. I had no cross to offer, but I did offer a prayer for those who sought assistance here. When the Pope visited he left a plaque inscribed: Thank you, Lithuanians, for this Hill of Crosses which testifies to the nations of Europe and to the whole world the faith of the people of this land.