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pilgrims in sand strom
Standing on the edge of earth
In Bagan
Morning views
New York, the Heart
Madame butterfly
Arashiyama vertical forest
Scotish Highlands #4
Cambodian women protest in Phnom Penh
Through the Castle Window
Hill of Crosses
breakfast time
TO START WITH A DAY
Nature colors
Scotish Highlands #3
Golden Rock Pagoda
Eternal Wanderers
Scotish Highlands #2
Impressionistic people
Jararaca
Tsumago, Japan
Gelofen-01
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is a site of pilgrimage. During the independence uprisings in 1831 and 1863 when Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire, as families could not locate bodies of perished rebels, they started placing symbolic crosses on the site. During the Soviet Union occupation of 1944-90, Lithuanians continued to travel to the hill to place crosses as tributes and to demonstrate their original identity, religion and heritage. The Soviets worked hard to remove the crosses and bulldozed the site at least 3 times. In Sept 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the Hill, declaring it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice

TAGS: Lithuania, Travel

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2017
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2017, 5:23 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Aperture: f8
ISO: ISO100
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