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The Hill of Crosses is 10km north of Šiauliai, 2km east off the road to Joniškis and Rīga, in the village Jurgaičiai. To get here, take 1 of 8 daily buses from Šiauliai bus station to Joniškis or 1 of 8 to Rīga & get off at the Domantai stop, from where it is a 2km walk to the hill. Look for sign 'Kryžių kalnas 2' on the A12. By taxi, the return taxi fare is ~ Lt30, with a 30-min stop at the hill; ask Šiauliai tourist office or your hotel/hostel to order one for you to avoid being ripped off.

Siauliai Hill of Crosses. Lithuania. Since the medieval period, the Hill of Crosses has represented the peaceful resistance of Lithuanian Catholicism to oppression. In 1795 Siauliai was incorporated into Russia but was returned to Lithuania in 1918. Many crosses were erected upon the hill after the peasant uprising of 1831-63. By 1895, there were at least 150 large crosses, in 1914 200, and by 1940 there were 400 large crosses surrounded by thousands of smaller ones.