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Grīži Devil's Seat (Grīžu Velna beņķis)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Ventspils
Parish:
Tārgale
Other references to the location
In the woods between Ventspils and

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Pope (about 5 km WS-W of it), short half a kilometre south of the Rīga–Ventspils highway, to the left. Not far from the bus stop "Grīži". One has to turn at the indication sign on the side of the highway, along the road into the forest massive.
Coordinates
lat=57.38049, lon=21.77225
57° 22' 49" N, 21° 46' 20" E
Description

A remarkable nature monument. The size of the great stone is: volume of 35 cubic meters, circumference of 17 meters, and height of 3 meters. A very picturesque stone of an arm-chair form in the fir-tree forest. One of the most interesting great stones of the Ventspils surroundings.

Narrative

Basing on the name and a very short narration in terms of content, it is presumed that this used to be, probably, an ancient cult site. According to a tale, the Devil was sitting on the stone thus creating its form. Looking at the picturesque and a peculiar, in terms of its form, great stone, of course, one could imagine how the rather large in size Devil could have sat on it and made the cavity of a chair form.

Attraction
Good
Availability
Easily accessible. There is an indication sign. It is possible to drive a car there, a parking lot on site.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
The object is facilitated and well taken care off. The facilitation works are performed by the proprietor "Latvia's State Forests" ("Latvijas valsts meži”). There is a sign both by the highway and at the object, the recreation site — a small bench an
Local info
There is no information stand on site
Capacity
10 - 40
Publicity
Popular
Legal Status
State property
Comments
The third largest stone in the Ventspils county (behind Vecumi and Ķīvmežs Great Stones).

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