ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES

ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
THE HILL OF CROSSES / 7 OBJECTS OF SUN IN SIAULIAI / CH. FRENKELIS VILLA / SWEET LABORATORY
About 13 hours
1 day, 340 km

PRICE ( one person)

75.00 EUR
( 4 person group)
55.00 EUR
(7 persons group)
38.00 EUR
(18 person group)

THE PRICE INCLUDES

•Travel by transport along a route

•Services of a guide

•Sweet laboratory fee

•Excursion accompaniment

•Organization of the itinerary

ADDITIONAL COSTS

• Meals

• Medical insurance

• Admission tickets

• Personal expenses

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• Travel Agency reserves the right to change the order of the excursions, keeping their number

Description

• Start from hotel ( Riga, Jurmala) at  8:00 am;

• The Hill of Crosses - is a historical and architectural monument, a unique ensemble of folk art. Its peace, spirituality, authenticity, and sacred nature attracts visitors. The oblong mound, somewhat similar to a saddle, stands on a plain and is surrounded by the valleys of Kulpė stream and its nameless tributary. The hill itself sits on the Jurgaičiai-Domantai mound with a former ancient village dating back to the 13th-14th centuries. It became a sacred site in the 19th century. It is said that the first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The family members erected the crosses at this site because the Tsarist reign did not allow them to pay proper tribute to the graves of their relatives. Even more crosses were put up after the rebellion of 1863. At that time, the tradition of visiting and erecting crosses on the hill began to emerge. The Hill of Crosses became a place of vow making. According to another version, many crosses were put up after the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus appeared on the mound in the 7th decade of the 19th century; it was she who supposedly encouraged people to put crosses at this place. In 1850, there were 17 crosses on the hill, from 1895 to 1898 the number increased to 180, and in 1938 there were over 400 crosses. The number of crosses also grew during the period of Soviet occupation; in 1960, there were 2,500 large crosses alone;

• 7 objects of Sun in Siauliai - Sculpture "Dawn",Šiauliai Cathedral of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, "Solar Disks" Fountain, Sundial Square, “Cockerel” Clock Square and Stained Glass Window, “The Battle of the Sun”;

• The restored Ch. Frenkelis Villa  -with a park, and a fountain located in it, is a very exclusive site in Šiauliai city. The Villa is unique, one of only a few in Lithuania constructed in early 20th century buildings in the Art Noveau (Modern, Secession, Jugend) architectural style. Elements of different styles interweave in decoration of this State protected cultural monument's facades, authentic interior fascinates the visitors with ornate wooden decorations, stucco works, and imposing fragments of frescos. Residence Villa, next to the flourishing leather factory, was built in 1908 by one of the most famous all times Šiauliai manufacturers Chaimas Frenkelis, who was even called "the King of Leather". Stylized expositions "Provincial Estate and a Town", "Jewish Cultural Heritage in Šiauliai: the Merchants Frenkelis" are now presented in the two-storey Villa. Miscellaneous Villa's expositions introduce culture of Lithuanian provincial estate (middle 19th-middle 20 th c.), history of Šiauliai city in the Interwar period, and Jewish heritage;

• Sweet laboratory  - come and feel like a chocolatier! Discover how chocolates are produced, try your hand at production of chocolates and enjoy them right away. In 1913, Antanas Gricevičius established Rūta, a tiny candy workshop, at the age of 36. As foreigners owned most of the companies in Lithuania at that time, Mr Gricevičius called the candy workshop, Rūta, after a plant found in Lithuania (Rue), in a bid to highlight its national character.

• Return to Riga (at 21:00)

 

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ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES
ONE DAY TOUR / LITHUANIA (FROM LATVIA) / HILL OF CROSSES

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