The Hill of Crosses tour
One of the top destinations in Baltic States is the Hill of Crosses. It is easy to reach by car from Riga. This is special place not only for piligrims, but also for travelers. Millions of crosses, crucifixes and rosaries placed on two small hills. UNESCO recognizes cross-making as intangible cultural heritage of Lithuania, a "symbol of national and religious identity," uniting the community in the face of adversity. It could also be called the Hill of Hope!
About the Tour and the Hill of Crosses
Riga the Capital city of Republic of Latvia - is the Gateway to the Latvia and the Baltic States. Beautiful tourism destinations and many things what to see and what to do. But while in Riga, you have the opportunity to add one more country to your list of visited countries - Lithuania. The Hill of Crosses is located in the north of Lithuania and it is closer to Riga than Kaunas or Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The Hill of Crosses is a unique tourist attraction that is definitely worth visiting. The Hill of Crosses is a potent symbol of faith, hope, and freedom of Lithuania. Desecrated but never destroyed, set on fire but never burned down. Located near town Siauliai it is a hill (castle mound) covered with thousands of crosses made from different materials and in different size. During the Soviet era, these crosses were removed by the authorities, but locals continuously replaced them. In 1993, Pope John Paul II had a service here. He later sent a crucifix to Lithuania which was placed on the hill, and today pilgrims begin and end their journeys at this location. For locals and visitors alike, this is a place of hope and enlightenment, reflecting Lithuania's historical and cultural traditions. On the Hill of the Crosses, everyone can place their own cross for every occasion in life. The main thing is to believe!
The tour Options
The Hill of Crosses tour is favorite, but there are several options. Most popular is 5 hour tour from Riga to the Hill of Crosses, but if You are not limited in time and have also other interests. Here bellow are possibilities.
This is most popular tour to the Hill of Crosses and it takes about 5 hours. There is a possibility to buy own cross or crucifixes and donate it. There are also nice amber shop with charming jewelry creations.
After visiting the Hill of Crosses on the way back to Riga we are visiting Jelgava Palace. This is the largest Baroque - style palace in the Baltic States with architecture very similar to Rundale Palace or Winter Palace in St.Petersbourg. It was built in the 18th century based on the design of court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli as a residence for the Dukes of Courland capital of Mitau (today's Jelgava city).
Žagarė (Zhager in Yiddish) had one of the oldest Jewish communities in Lithuania. There was a continuous Jewish presence in Žagarė from at least the 16th century until October 1941. In its heyday Zhager was known as a city of Torah and wisdom; it produced famous scholars, writers, and rabbis. In nowadays town is known for it`s manor ( Žagarės dvaras ) and Cherry festival, Pann's house and story of St.Barbora of Žagare.
Rundale Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia, the other being Jelgava Palace. The palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. The palace is one of the major tourist attractions in Latvia. It is also used for the accommodation and ceremonies of notable guests. The palace and the surrounding are now a museum and French garden with one of the largest rosariums in Europe is must to see in July.
Siauliai, the fourth-largest city in Lithuania, has a rich history dating back to the 11th century. In the chronicles of the crusader Knights of the Sword (1236) it is variously referred to as Soule, Saulia and Saulen. 22 September 1236, the date of the battle of the Sun which took place nearby is now considered to be the date of the city's foundation. Šiauliai's tourism scene is vibrant, offering the chance to visit tourism attractions conected with arts – many sculptures on the streetys and parks, Jewish history – Chaimas Frenkelis Villa, for cats lover – the Cat's museum and to scrol down to the one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe Siaulia Boulevard. The one of the largest Sundial in Europe is also in Siauliai. The architectural ensemble consists of the amphitheatre-shaped square and 18 metres high obelisk, crowned with the sculpture of the running archer. On a sunny day, this obelisk turns into the gnomon: casting the shadow of the Sun, moving around the dial face with infused metal numbers (12, 3 and 6), it shows local time of the geographical latitude.
After visiting the Hill of Crosses is possible on the on the way back stop at one of the cafes and taste traditional Lithuanian dishes. For example, zeppelins, which are made according to different recipes, but they are definitely dumplings of grated potatoes filled with minced pork. Of course, there are other dishes for vegetarians as well. Lithuanian beer also goes down well. Bon appetit!
Enjoy the day!
3 Reasons to Choose this Tour
  • Easy and Light communication
    English language is not my native, so communication will be in simple English. I had tours with French, German, Italian guests who sometimes was shy and not sure about understanding. At the end of the day everything was perfect.
  • Flexable service
    It is important for us that clients feel comfortable. That is why we always monitor the cleanliness and create a cozy atmosphere in our salon.
  • Individual Approach
    If You would like to change something in programe, please do it. Information provided will be not only about the Hill of Crosses, but also about Latvia and Lithuania and the Baltic States. Also advice what to see and do after tour.
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