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photoblog image Vilnius - The Three Crosses

Vilnius - The Three Crosses

 

With the crosses in need of some restoration work. 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 PolishLithuanian architect and sculptor Antoni Wiwulski or Antanas Vivulskis in Lithuanian. 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."

Vilnius - The Three Crosses

 

With the crosses in need of some restoration work. 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 PolishLithuanian architect and sculptor Antoni Wiwulski or Antanas Vivulskis in Lithuanian. 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."

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Oct 2017, 00:55
A dramatic perspective, Tom...well done!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray
A powerful structure...
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Larry.
the blue and white is pleasing, Tom, especially the swirly wispy clouds.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ayush
Wow this is pretty amazing!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Oct 2017, 06:36
Thank you for this information Tom. It's nice to know it was replaced after Soviet vandalism
Tom Wilson: Religious symbolism seems to have been very closely tied to the fight for independence.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Oct 2017, 07:22
I see four crosses - a very impressive modern building - three crosses might symbolise the Holy Trinity.
Tom Wilson: No - there are only three smile
It does need a bit of TLC especially as it is clearly an important monument
Tom Wilson: I did a bit of post-processing repair on the patches, but thought I ought to show the reality smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2017, 16:16
What an interesting history Tom.

You have captured it wonderfully against that blue sky.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Anne - I think I may get one of those USB microscopes smile
Good p.o.v. Tom. Very impressive.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Frank.
it is a wonderful sculpture and i appreciate the history behind it Tom... thanks....petersmile
A fine monument which, as you say, needs some refurbishment.

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