Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Card #15, The Holiest Place on Earth?

This is one of the coolest cards I've received so far. Here is an example of a fascinating cultural landmark that I've never heard of before, Kryžių kalnas, or Hill of Crosses. If you only read one of the Wikipedia articles I link on this site, read this one! It's short, and fascinating. This hill exists as a site of hope and peaceful resistance in a country that has been taken over multiple times in its history. Despite attempts to bulldoze the site, it still exists, and estimates place about 50,000 different crosses and crucifixes at this site. User Laume who sent me this card is from the city of Panevėžys, Lithuania. This is one of the larger towns in the country, and it celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2003. Before World War II its population was 36% Jewish; sadly, very few Jews from Panevėžys survived the Holocaust.

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