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Saulītes Liepakmens Stone (Saulīšu Liepakmens)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Vidzeme
County:
Burtnieki
Parish:
Vecate
Other references to the location
On the right bank of the Ķirele affluent, on the right bank of a small river, about 2 m from the river and

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about 40 m north of the Saulītes homestead (uninhabited), short 50 m down the Braslava–Mazsalaca road
Coordinates
lat=57.8016666667, lon=25.03
57° 48' 6" N, 25° 1' 48" E
Description

A site of tales, legends that may point at a probable relation to cult activities. The second name of the stone is Liepakmens Stone that is used by local people, and it was recorded already in 1937. A stone of impressive dimensions — 5.3 m long, 3.5 m wide, and 1.9 m high; circumference cannot be established, because its south-west edge is hidden in the slope, volume of 18 cubic meters (North Vidzeme Geopark, 2010–2011). Over the stone a large multi-trunk linden grows. Nearby objects: Vecate, Riņņukalns Hill Settlement and Sacrificial Stone.

Narrative

A tale narrates that during the Great Northern War under the stone a whole wealth had been hidden (North Vidzeme Geopark, 2010–2011, 10 Most Remarkable Cultural Historic Stones in the Geopark Territory (10 ievērojamākie kultūrvēsturiskie akmeņi Ģeoparka teritorijā.)

Attraction
The stone is impressive. The surroundings have not been taken care of though, unattractive.
Availability
An indication sign from the Braslava–Mazsalaca road (though grown into the trees). In summer access is dangerous due to heracleum growing on the way to the object. It can be visited free of charge.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
No
Local info
No
Capacity
0 - 9
Publicity
Unknown
Legal Status
Private
Comments
In summer time the recommended way (indication sign) to the object is endangered by heracleum. The sign should be moved to a spot where it would not be reached by tree branches. Probably, access should be recommended along the other river bank.

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