Three Crosses
Lithuania, Vilnius

Three crosses directed to the sky on the top of a hill in Kalnu Park are another religious symbol of Vilnius.
In the 13th century, the so-called Crooked Castle towered on the banks of the Vilna River. In 1390, it was burned down by the crusaders and was never rebuilt again. In its place in 1613 the first crosses were erected in memory of the monks who accepted martyrdom for the Christian faith. In 1916, the old wooden crosses were replaced with new concrete ones, designed by architect A. Vivulskis. In the post-war years, by order of the Soviet regime, the Three Crosses, like many other religious monuments, were blown up and buried. They were restored on June 14, 1989 on the day of Sorrow and Hope (the beginning of Stalin's exile). Nearby lie the remains of blown up crosses - a kind of reminder of the tragic pages of the country's history and a warning for future generations.
From the top of the hill you can admire the magnificent panorama of Vilnius.

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