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After reaching the top of the first hill at the Hill of Crosses, I looked out and guess what I saw…

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania That’s right, a small valley that leads to a second hill.  Talk about feeling overwhelmed, but again, in a good way.  The whole time I was there, the only words that could come out of my mouth were “wow” and “incredible.”

When you get to the top of the second hill there this statue…

Hill of Crosses, LithuaniaThis is the spot where Pope John Paul II prayed a prayer.  It’s got markers around it, some recordings of masses and chant playing and the beautiful smell of incense, just to add to it.

When I turned around to look back at the first hill, I was again overcome with a sense of awe…

Hill of Crosses, LithuaniaWhen you keep looking in the original direction, you see the monastery where the monks live that take care of the grounds.  Not too shabby…

Hill of Crosses, LithuaniaThere are certainly worse sights to see every day when you look out your front window.

When I made my way down the backside of the second hill and looked back, here is what I saw…

Hill of Crosses, LithuaniaAfter I got over the initial awesomeness of the whole place, I was able to start seeing the details – specific crosses and figures, etc.  That’s what I’ll be taking up in the next travel post or two.  In the mean time, here’s a preview…

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania