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Tourism objects surrounding legends

Feel Sigulda’s nature by having a stroll in the nature! As the summer season approaches and the weather gets warmer, you should step outside and enjoy the wonderful weather.

 

 

When choosing a route, it is worth incorporating such objects or places that you have not seen this far, thus checking your physical strength and gaining truly valuable knowledge and exploring the curious objects that Sigulda provides.

In the article bellow you will find places and objects that will allow you to look at nature in another view. Good luck!

 

Devils rock and the cave

The last greatest rock wall of the Gauja valley, 15 m high. 8 m below water level, the Devil’s cave – an ancient place of worship – has formed in the cliff. It is a protected geological object.

 

Address Situated in the rocks of Devil’s cave, on the right bank of the River Gauja, approximately 2,5 km below Gauja bridge
Coordinates 57.149674 24.811865

 

Devil’s cave was once an ancient cult place for pagans. There are 6 holes on the cave’s ceiling known as the Devil's chimneys. A folktale recounts that the Devil, while flying from Jūdaži to Pabaži somewhere above the Gauja, heard a rooster crowing and chose this cave to hide in, sleeping in it until the next evening. Because of his breath, the walls of the cave were burned black.

 

The following evening he escaped the cave only to run straight into Gauja's maelstrom. From time to time, while roaring and hissing, he pulls heedless visitors of the cave into the maelstrom.

 

 

Walking Stick Park 

It was established in 2007 as a tribute to Sigulda’s most popular souvenir. Walking-stick making has very deep roots and a more than 200 year long history in Sigulda. Guide-books of the 19th century say that "for long walks n Sigulda trails the walking-stick, which you can get from some boy, might be useful". Even if there is no practical use of walking-stick nowadays, it is still the most popular souvenir.  

 

Address At the intersection of Cēsu and Poruka Street
Coodinates 57.1617638 24.84948

 

Traveler’s guidebooks of the 19th century proclaim 'the walking-stick could be mighty handy when walking around the valley. You may buy one from any boy in the area. Later at the beginning of the 20th century as Sigulda became a center for summer lodging and recreation, leisure walks along the alpine trails set up by Sigulda manor owner Duke Kropotkin grew in popularity. Thus making and selling canes became a notable source of income for local peasants.

Even if there is no practical use of walking-stick nowadays, it is still the most popular souvenir. In the Walking-stick workshop which is located in Sigulda Castle complex it is possible to see the process of walking-stick making, also you can make your own souvenir - walking-stick.

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Peter's Cave

A narrow gap in a red sandstone wall. The cave is 6.5 m/21 ft, deep, 2.2m/7ft wide and 5.3m/17 ft high. Legend has it that a farmer named Peter was hiding in this cave during the Swedish War.

 

Address Situated in Sigulda near Satesele Castle mound, on the high rocks of Vējupīte (Vejupite) left bank.
Coordinates 57.171265   24.876812

 

There are several stories related to this cave. One which explains the origins of its current name says that during the invasion of the Swedish army, a peasant named Peter was said to have hidden here in order to avoid being drafted. Another story claims the owner of a Grotu homestead came here to hide after stealing a loaf of bread from the rectory and disappeared in a puff of magic.

There are also reports that a priest secluded himself here from the dangers of war and christened children in the cave.

 

Ravine Raganu katls

A huge sufosia funnel transformed by active erosion with the depth of 30m and width of 20m. Ancient legend tells that this used to be a place for witch Sabbaths and courts.

 

Address Situated northwards from Sigulda in Nurmiži Ravine Reserve near the River Dauda and the home Daudas
Coordinates 57.176591 24.884609

 

The Witch's Cauldron is known as the place where the movie "The Cage" was filmed, the metal cage left in the sandstone bears witness to that.

Ancient legend tells that this used to be a place for witch Sabbaths and courts.

 

Gutman’s Cave

The largest cave in the Baltic countries and also the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. On the walls of the cave there are inscriptions from the 17th century. The legend of the Rose of Turaida began in this cave.
 

Address Turaidas iela 2a, Siguda
Coordinates 57.176106 24.84262

 

According to local folk legend, the spring flowing out of the cave are the tears of the wife of the Liv chief, Rindaugs. The story tells that the chief buried his unfaithful wife in the sandy bank of Gauja river. The poor woman, distraught by her guilty conscience, cried so hard that her tears flowed out of the large cave. To this day, the spring’s waters are said to have healing properties.

Yet another tale explains how the cave got its name. Long time ago there was a good man who lived in the cave and used the spring water to heal people. “Gut mann” in German means "good man".

 

Gutman's Cave is a place of ancient worship. Up until the 19th century, people would come to make their offerings to the deities. One of the most enduring legends is the story of Maija, the Rose of Turaida. Here is the story:

 

In the spring of 1601 during the Polish-Swedish war, the Swedish army occupied Turaida castle. After the battle the record keeper of the castle, named Greif, found a little girl just a few weeks old among the dead bodies. He took her in and raised her as his daughter. It happened to be the month of May so he named her Maija/May. As the years went by the little girl grew to be a beautiful young maiden and because of her beauty she was called the Rose of Turaida. Her fiancé, Vicor Hail, was a gardener at Sigulda castle on the opposite side of the Gauja river and in the evenings they would meet at Gutman's Cave. During that time there were two Polish deserters – Jakubovsky and Skudrits. Jakubovsky lusted after Maija and wanted her to marry him, but the girl turned down his proposal.

 

This angered Jakubovksy and he decided to take her by force. He sent Skudritis to her with a fake message from Victor telling her to come to the usual meeting place but at a different time. When the girl arrived and realized that she was trapped, she chose to die instead of be shamed. At that time people believed in the power of magic. Maija had a red silk scarf around her neck; a gift from her fiancé Victor. She offered this scarf, which, she said, bore magic powers and was impossible to cut through in exchange for letting her go. She encouraged Jacubovky to test the powers of the scarf and use his sword to see if she was telling the truth. Initially Jakubovsky hesitated, but then cut with full force only to see the girl collapse. Jakubovky, fearing punishment for his deed, ran off to the woods and hung himself.

 

Blusu (flea) Cave

Blusu (Flea) cave was formed in Gauja grey-brown sandstone. The cave is a complex network of passages and deadlocks in length of 55m with 14 various size pillars.

Address Gauja River Valley, 1km from Turaida Castle Hill
Coordinates N 57° 11.129 E 024° 52.127

 

Some authors argue that the name cave has obtained from the fleas of raccoon dogs who lived in the cave, and the cave discoverers caught them afterwards, although in ancient times, when Badgers lived there, its was called the Badgers' cave, and thus the common origin of the cave name is not known.

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