Filled with overgrown wild grass, this field would have looked just any other field in Lithuania if it hadn't been for the gigantic mound of crosses that stuck out like a sore thumb.
Going to the Hill of Crosses for the first time is like seeing something out of this world - frankly, it looked totally bizarre and quite a bit alien. There are hundreds of thousands of crosses here on this hill in Siauliai, north Lithuania, and every year thousands of Christian pilgrims come here to add their contribution to this hill overflowing with crosses and crucifixes of every kind, shape and size.
It feels surreal going up the steps of the hill. It's just an experience so far removed from anything else I'd ever seen before in my life - wood crosses, metal crosses, rosaries hung on crosses, crosses that look like sundials, simple and elaborate.
The story of Siauliai's Hill of Crosses is surprisingly unremarkable for a site of pilgrimage. Nothing about the site has anything to do with saints, churches or miracles performed here. It's simply a symbol of the peaceful resistance of Lithuanian Catholicism.
One day, someone stuck a cross into the ground of this earth and people followed suit. (No, really.) No Virgin Mary crying blood tears. Just someone doing something that others wound up doing, until eventually the Hill of Crosses happened.
It's remarkable to see some of the detail on the crosses that are here though. I'm not religious, and although my secondary school was Catholic, it just never appealed to me. Still, there's no denying the craftsmanship and artistry that's put into some of these pieces - intricate wood carvings of all shapes and sizes and decorated in all manners.
There's even a tiny little Lego Jesus.