Up On The Hill

It’s just a small incline, so they say, to go up the Crooked Hill.  Besides, the way up is made of wooden steps, no dirt road.

The first few steps look easy enough to climb up. My companions were showing without difficulty and effort one step at a time wiggling their posterior as I lagged behind them. Bite me, I said.

Ascending further, the hill lost it’s crookedness. The switchbacks journey with many ups than downs give us pauses to breath. Looking up, the feeling of turning back rather than continue on with no end on sight is definitely for weenies.

This must be step 327, wheezing, as I counted. Or this could be me hallucinating from lack of oxygen. A group of women wearing neon pink spandex wooshed by me. Show off, I thought.

Finally, we reached the top with the most beautiful vista of Vilnius, Lithuania. It was just grand. Glad that perseverance paid off. This is not the reason one come up on the hill.

THREE CROSSES MONUMENT Sculptor: Antanas Vivulskis. 1916. Kęstutis Šilgalis. 1989

Some say, that the origins of the three crosses date back to the 17th century when three monks placed them there to pay tribute to a group of fellow monks who were martyred in the 14th century. According to the history books, seven monks were killed and seven were tied to wooden crosses and floated down the Neris River, with the instruction to return to the west where they came from.

The monument has changed many times, and the current one was built by the architect and sculptor, A. Vivulskis in 1989 at the beginning of the Rebirth movement. It was built to replace the one that had been removed by the Soviet authorities in the 1950s, pieces of which still remain on the far side of the slope.

Over the years, the monument has changed many times. The current one was built by the architect and sculptor, K. Šilgalis in 1989, when the Soviet Union began to collapse.

The Hill of Three Crosses is also known as Kreivasis Hill (the Crooked Hill), Plikasis Hill (the Bare Hill) or Tauro Hill. (Vilnius Tourist Info Center)

We had the customary selfie to prove that we were there.

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