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photoblog image Vilnius - the three crosses

Vilnius - the three crosses

 

From Wikipedia: 

 

"Three Crosses (Lithuanian: Trys kryžiai) is a prominent monument in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the Hill of Three Crosses, originally known as the Bleak Hill (Lithuanian: Plikasis kalnas), in Kalnai Park. According to a legend, seven Franciscan friars were beheaded on top of this hill. Wooden crosses were built in the location since the early 17th century. It soon became a symbol of the city and an integral part of the city's skyline. As wood rots, the crosses needed to be periodically replaced. In 1916, a concrete monument was designed by Polish–Lithuanian  architect and sculptor Antoni Wiwulski. It was torn down in 1950 by order of the Soviet authorities. A new monument designed by Henrikas Šilgalis was erected in its place in 1989. The monument was depicted on 50 litas banknote. A spectacular panorama of the Vilnius Old Town can be observed from a small observation deck at the base of the crosses."

 

I have not yet been to the top of the hill - this was shot from down in the city - so, next time I am in Vilnius, in July, I shall make a point of ascending the hill and viewing the "spectacular panorama". :-)

Vilnius - the three crosses

 

From Wikipedia: 

 

"Three Crosses (Lithuanian: Trys kryžiai) is a prominent monument in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the Hill of Three Crosses, originally known as the Bleak Hill (Lithuanian: Plikasis kalnas), in Kalnai Park. According to a legend, seven Franciscan friars were beheaded on top of this hill. Wooden crosses were built in the location since the early 17th century. It soon became a symbol of the city and an integral part of the city's skyline. As wood rots, the crosses needed to be periodically replaced. In 1916, a concrete monument was designed by Polish–Lithuanian  architect and sculptor Antoni Wiwulski. It was torn down in 1950 by order of the Soviet authorities. A new monument designed by Henrikas Šilgalis was erected in its place in 1989. The monument was depicted on 50 litas banknote. A spectacular panorama of the Vilnius Old Town can be observed from a small observation deck at the base of the crosses."

 

I have not yet been to the top of the hill - this was shot from down in the city - so, next time I am in Vilnius, in July, I shall make a point of ascending the hill and viewing the "spectacular panorama". :-)

comments (8)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 25 May 2017, 00:51
I enjoyed your notes, too, Tom...an interesting history.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray
big sculpture...
Tom Wilson: Certainly is!
What an amazing monument!
Tom Wilson: I'm looking forward to getting close up next time smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2017, 06:00
Fascinating historical stuff Tom. I was listening to a radio programme the other day about Lithuanian plans to halt another Russian invasion. Some hope..
Tom Wilson: Yes - they are very worried, as they need to be - NATO forces have been exercising there for the past couple of years, just in case. However, I suspect that Putin is playing distraction games - I doubt that he wants to get into a war with NATO.
Very striking Tom. Last night we ate out and our waitress was from Vilnius.
Tom Wilson: There's quite a lot of Lithuanians in the UK and Ireland these days - the emigration has resulted in Lithuania's population falling below 3 million.
beau monument!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Merc, Jean Pierre.
Certainly a fine monument with quite a history.
Tom Wilson: I'm surprised that I managed to capture it with the little Panasonic!
  • Alan
  • Carlisle
  • 25 May 2017, 22:51
It certainly has some history to it. I'm pleased that at last (hopefully) there is a permanent memorial there now. I'm sure the ascent of the hill will be worthwhile.

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