Hill of Crosses

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© Gijs Bekenkamp
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UploadedApril 16, 2008
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Between Klaipeda and Vilnius there lays the 'Mecca of Lithuania', the hill of crosses. Attempts to detroy the pilgrimage spot proved the hill of crosses indestructable. Time after time new crosses were erected and now literally hundreds of thousands of crosses are there to be seen. Some are made out of wood, others out of metal. Some expensive others cheap but together they form an impressive unity.

In the Hill of Crosses photo essay.

39 responses

  • Marie R.

    Marie R. (Deleted) said (16 Apr 2008):

    wow. i can really "feel"the photo. it's a great shot, u really captured the perfect mood.

  • Dayana

    Dayana gave props (16 Apr 2008):

    wow... the angle, the color... this is an outstanding shot! well captured

  • Yudha Kusuma Putra

    Yudha Kusuma Putra said (16 Apr 2008):

    Sangar Mbak,,,,, Nice your picture

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (17 Apr 2008):

    powerful image and it rocks.

  • Romuald Vaisvila

    Romuald Vaisvila said (18 Apr 2008):

    I know that place, I am from Vilnius originaly! goot shot!

  • Matias Kritz

    Matias Kritz gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    Great place, great shot!!!!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    Amazing!!! Thanks for explaining

  • Stephan Sachs

    Stephan Sachs gave props (1 May 2008):

    hell, YEAH!

  • christian demarco

    christian demarco said (10 May 2008):

    pulenta. saludos ma friend.

  • Mike Baker

    Mike Baker gave props (9 Jun 2008):

    My wife is Lithuanian, so I've been there. One of the more amazing spots on the planet. Looks like you had a nice overcast day for shooting. My day there was sunny and cloudless which made photography quite difficult.

  • marshall

    marshall gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    nice perspective.

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    for me these places always represent malevolence this is a lovely bit of work gijs, I really like the colours and the exposure. nice framing

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Impressive place and great subdued colours. Echt een mooie foto!

  • nu chieh hung

    nu chieh hung said (19 Jun 2008):

    just Amazing!!!

  • cushmok

    cushmok said (15 Jul 2008):

    yes, amazing picture...

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (4 Aug 2008):


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  • astronauta perdido

    astronauta perdido said (6 Aug 2008):

    rocks rocks rocks rocks rocks and rocks again.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Jesus looks like a salesman here. "Crosses! Get your crosses here!" Awesome image Gijs.

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi said (9 Aug 2008):

    crosses are horrible

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (14 Aug 2008):

    what a fantastic find!

  • stacylibrandi

    stacylibrandi said (14 Aug 2008):

    I would love to see this in print. Voted!

  • astronauta perdido

    astronauta perdido said (5 Sep 2008):

    Si no publican esta foto, que se jodan los de jpg.

  • Mojca Savicki

    Mojca Savicki gave props (15 Sep 2008):

    Wow, what a place....Perfect for a theme!

  • Bethany Derden

    Bethany Derden gave props (17 Sep 2008):

    definitely my vote.

  • Tony Zinnanti

    Tony Zinnanti (Deleted) said (20 Sep 2008):

    Great shot. The sky perfectly serves the subject. Good job with a challenging lighting situation. Hope to see this in print.

  • Karolus Naga

    Karolus Naga (Deleted) said (20 Sep 2008):

    beautifull capture mate. i like that latin phrase.

  • Trey Hill

    Trey Hill (Deleted) said (20 Sep 2008):

    Gijs, this is a great entry. I'm off to read the essay...

  • Gijs Bekenkamp

    Gijs Bekenkamp said (21 Sep 2008):

    "Jesus looks like a salesman here. "Crosses! Get your crosses here!" Awesome image Gijs."
    -And funny to see that the real salesman were standing just around the corner. Selling tiny crusifixes. It was a very intruiging place indeed

  • Julie B

    Julie B (Deleted) said (6 Nov 2008):


  • Kristina Zdaneviciute

    Kristina Zdaneviciute said (5 Mar 2009):

    :) I am from Lithuania, it was so nice to see familiar place ... nice photos !

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (18 Feb 2010):


  • Carie Giroux

    Carie Giroux gave props (19 Feb 2010):


  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo gave props (25 Feb 2010):

    always loved this one! My vote!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (4 Mar 2010):


    Why here? Was is the backstory?


  • David Procter

    David Procter said (6 May 2010):

    No place for a sinner this!

    I'm off!


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