Photographer's Note

View from the window in the Stations of the Cross. Vilnius Kalvarijos is an important local site of pilgrimage, which attracts large numbers of foreign guests and pilgrims. Vilnius Kalvarijos is an exceptional architectural-urban ensemble repeating the Stations of the Cross and merging with the natural landscape. This is the Didžiosios Kalvarijos (the Large Kalvarijos) with 35 chapels of the Stations of the Cross spread out over a seven-kilometre route: 19 brick chapels, 7 wooden gates, one brick gate, a wooden bridge over the Cedronas (Baltupis) River, and a small chapel and a wooden church, the Church of the Invention of the Cross, standing at the top of the hill. A shorter section of the route (about 2 kilometres) well-attended by many people is called Mažosios Kalvarijos (the Small Kalvarijos).
The ensemble is the Church of the Invention of the Cross, a symbolic hill of Golgotha, dominates the surrounding area. Next to the Stations of the Cross, not far from the 18th century station, in a deep ravine there is one of the largest and most interesting magic well in the Verkiai Regional Park. Residents of Vilnius and pilgrims who arrive there have drunk clean water of the well since olden times, it is believed to have healing powers.
Near Kalvarijų Street, at some distance from the centre of the city, emerge the elongated, tapering towers of the Church of the Invention of the Cross. They can be seen when driving along Verkių Street towards the Regional Park. This is a three-nave late Baroque church of a vertical design. A religious ensemble consists of the church, the building of a monastery and the chapels. When driving along Verkių Street by the Neris River another church will draw your attention. This is the Church of the Holy Trinity and the monastery of Trinapolis located on the bank of the Neris River, near the Baltupis (Cedrono) River. The two-tower church has five altars and its interior is amply decorated.

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