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Another shot from the aptly named Hill of Crosses outside Siauliai, apart from the fact that the 'hill' is really a small mound with only about 30 steps to the summit. There were 343 steps to the tower lookout at Stephansplatz church in Vienna for comparison.

Here I liked the repetition of the darker crosses against the blue and white sky. The little crucifixion figures of Christ adorn the cross at right. The Soviet Russians bulldozed this site several times in 3 failed efforts to discourage locals from worship. Local churches were either blown up, or turned into art galleries, museums, discos and restaurants. Some of the priests were either shot or sent to Gulags.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17139 W: 1065 N: 37710] (171146)
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