More than 100 thousand crosses in one place – on a single hill. The Hill of Crosses is an historical and architectural monument attracting people with its peace, spirituality, authenticity and sacred nature. Its exact origins are unknown, but it is thought that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising.
Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by the Catholic pilgrims. On 7th September, 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the Hill of Crosses, declaring it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice. In 2000, a Franciscan hermitage was opened nearby.
Hill of Crosses Tour highlights
– Experience the opposite side of Riga. On the way to the Hill of Crosses we will cross the longest bridge in Latvia and drive through parts of Riga which usually tourists do not see. Of course with the commentaries of our professional guides.
– The road will go through the city of Jelgava, which is the fifth- biggest city in Latvia and well-known as a students’ city.
– On the way from Jelgava to the border of Latvia you will be able to see the real countryside of Latvia.
– On the Latvia – Lithuania border it will be possible to change currency if you are going to buy souvenirs or anything else.
– Next stop – Hill of Crosses. You can go with a guide or just walk and explore by yourself.
– We will also visit the Franciscan hermitage, which other tour groups do not visit.
– Next stop – Šiauliau – the fourth-largest city in Lithuania. Unofficially, this city is the capital of Northern Lithuania.
– You will hear the story about the founding of the city and visit Šiauliai Cathedral, built in 1634.
– Then you will explore Vilnius Street (the main pedestrian street in Šiauliai) – time for shopping or visiting a restaurant.
Price from EUR 45 per person
Included: transport, guide, hotel pickup and drop off.
Duration: 6 hours, including time for transfer