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Ķīzēni Holy Spring and Holy Grove (Ķīzēnu svētavots un svētbirzs)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Vidzeme
County:
Vecpiebalga
Parish:
Vecpiebalga
Other references to the location
In the closest vicinity of the Ķīzēni homestead cluster.
Coordinates
lat=57.05256208102839, lon=25.675440352799775
57° 3' 9" N, 25° 40' 31" E
Description

Local archaeological heritage (State Inspection for Heritage Protection, No 479). The peculiar homestead names of the 210 m high Tētīškalns Hill — Tētītes, Ņēņi, Ķīzēni, Vīģebi — have survived since ancient past when this used to be an important shrine. The ancient site complex consists of a spring, a furrow site and a find site. There is an opinion that “Tētītes” was an ancient dwelling place of druids. At Ķīzēni homestead there was the centre of the ancient shrine — the Māra Church — it is a terrace-like shrine for paying homage to the God. In the centre of it a sacral oak used to grow. The shrine is surrounded by the sacred spring. And the former site of the oak is still surrounded by circular layer of stones. All classical nature elements, water, stone, wood and the energetically active earth of the Māra shrine outline the world created by the God. (http://www.vidzeme.com/i.php?v=lat&id=75 and the text from the stand at the site).

Narrative

No recorded folklore materials have been found. The local people cannot tell anything about the site.

Attraction
Long past and many place names, however the shrine is difficult to identify in nature.
Availability
The road to the Ķīzēni homestead is difficult to pass. Besides it is difficult to find one’s way and find the site there. The proprietors of the local homestead are not sure about the precise location of the site.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
No
Local info
There is an information stand, but it is damaged and its glass is broken.
Capacity
0 - 9
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
Private
Comments
Excellent scenery, however, it is difficult to identify the particular site in nature.

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