HILL OF CROSSES which unstoppably calculates the time, checking it with another clock - Lithuania's biggest symbol in Sundial Square. The gilded statue of sun boy - the Shooter blends the origins of Siauliai's name, which traditionally derives from Lithuanian saulys ( archer) or saule ( sun). Today Siauliai is the 4th largest city in Lithuania and is an important economic, cultural and scienti c centre. Various attractions and places draw many curious visitors keen to discover unique the Bicycle or Cat Museums among the twenty others in the city. The oldest brewery in Lithuania " Gubernija", founded in 1665, o ? ers popular beer-tasting excursions. However, the most visited place is The Hill of Crosses, located 12 km away from Siauliai City. More information: www. tic. siauliai. lt Surrounded with legends, destroyed and devastated many times, the Hill of Crosses became a symbol of committed faith and hope of Lithuanians and pilgrims. Thousands of crosses brought to the Hill from all over the world turned this sacred place into a church under the open sky - a place of contemplation and prayers, meetings and fruition. Traditional Lithuanian crosses deserve such respect. UNESCO has undertaken the protection of Lithuanian manufacture of crosses and symbols of crosses together with another 18 masterpieces of material and verbal heritage of humankind. Upon visiting the Hill of Crosses in 1993 Pope John Paul II said: " You must show your Hill of Crosses to all of Europe, to the whole world". And we follow his precept. Today, the Hill of Crosses has become one of the most popular places to visit in Lithuania.
LITHUANIA A NEW DISCOVERY It is also known as a busy market town, whose vast main square was formerly the most important place in Samogitia for the trading of agricultural products. Having outrivaled 16 cities and towns, Plunge last year was awarded the title of Lithuanian Capital of Culture 2009. The town has prepared three Cultural Tourism Routes ( musical- literary, sacral-historical, and artistic possibilities). More than 60 events were held on the routes. More information: www. plunge. lt The town is situated in Northwest Lithuania and it is a regional centre. It is located beside the present- day Siauliai- Palanga highway and grew up around a road junction. Since old Plunge had been famous for its music, theatre and dance traditions and folk arts, it became the site of the rst music school in Lithuania; it was also the home to the rst symphony orchestra ( thanks to the Oginski Dukes), and one of the rst operettas was staged here. The most famous Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis lived and composed in Plunge. PLUNGE