According to local legend, Hill of Three Crosses sits on the site of a medieval chapel, although its significance today stems from its vantage point over Vilnius and its role as a symbol of hope and spirituality in Lithuania. Originally constructed in 1916 to replace previous wooden crosses, the concrete structure was destroyed by Soviet authorities in 1950. Its renewal in 1989 brought new meaning to the hill, which offers a sweeping view of the city. Climb to the top via wooden steps and pathways to the park and network of trails at the summit, where you'll grasp just how large the crosses are. In addition to the view, you'll get a chance to see a piece of the previous, destroyed crosses on display. Keep in mind that the route up the hill is quite steep, and therefore those with mobility issues should proceed with caution. Plan to visit Hill of Three Crosses and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vilnius attractions using our Vilnius driving holiday planning app.
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Hill of Three Crosses Reviews
Nice place for little break from noise from the city. Nice views, great place for good photos and for little walk. more »
If you are after city view then this is worth the climb very steep as others have said but well worth the effort. Thoroughly enjoyed this city and this was just one of the many reasons why. more »
Beautiful look out point. We turned up just as the sun was setting on a clear day and the view was stunning. There were also plenty of hot air balloons in the distance that had taken off which really added to the view. The hike to the top is pretty sever if you're coming up the stairs from the river so prepare for your legs to feel like jelly afterwards!
The hills takes its name from the three crosses on its top, making the memory - according to the legend - of the martyrdom of Franciscan friars during the middle ages. The view you can enjoy from the top is breathtaking. You can reach the top via a gently sloping street off the riverside or by climbing a steep staircase not far from the tennis club.
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