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Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

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The Hill of Crosses is a sacred place in Northern Lithuania close to the city of Silauliai. Basically it consists of two small artificial hills (maybe 5 to 6 meters high) ย in the midst of vast farming land. The origins of the crosses are largely unknown though there are many legends speaking of soldiers finding their last rest in the ground beneath. In the 19th century the place became regarded as mystical and holy. First crosses were erected in honor of fallen soldiers and in remembrance of deceased family members, later also to celebrate happy occasions like weddings and baptisms. The Soviets saw the hill as a place of fanatic cultism and closed it down. Despite the repressions they were not able to stop the tradition and after 1990 the Hill of Crosses grew even more becoming a national symbol of religion and endurance. Today crosses can be seen from around the world and not only catholic crosses but also orthodox and evangelical ones. If religious or not the place definitely doesn’t leave the visitor cold.

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Modern Tallinn, Estonia

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Tallinn is known for its medieval old town, an UNESCO world culture heritage sight very much worth visiting. In this gallery though I would like to give you a glimpse of the modern Tallinn inspired by the clear and sober architecture of Skandinavia. Beginning with shots taken in the Rottermann District, a brand new part of Tallinn in the East of the Old Town close to the port.

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These two shots were taken in the architecture museum of Tallinn, showcasing a miniature model of the city.

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