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Jaunutēni Devil’s Stone (Jaunutēnu Velnakmens)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Vidzeme
County:
Mazsalaca
Parish:
Skaņkalne
Other references to the location
0.5 km down the estuary of the Peida River and

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about 0.8 km down the estuary of the Ramata River, in the Salaca River – close to its left bank.
Coordinates
lat=57.9216666667, lon=24.9558333333
57° 55' 18" N, 24° 57' 20" E
Description

One of the Devil’s Stones, it resembles a chair and lies in the river, a very picturesque site. The dimensions of the stone: volume of 20 m³, height of 3.50 m, circumference of 11.9 m. Other sites nearby: the Jaunutēni Cup-Marked Stone.

Narrative

“Once the Devil was fed up with life, he became angry and jumped into the Salaca River to drown himself. He threw himself in a whirlpool. When he was drowned his soul turned into a stone. This is why the stone is called the Devil’s Stone.” (1086, 6 Mazsalaca. Compiled by I. Ruberte. (Legends of Valmiera surroundings). 1999)

Attraction
A picturesque, impressive-size stone in the river bed.
Availability
Lies in the river. Accessible for water tourists, the access from the bank for viewing the stone is difficult. There are no indication signs. The site can be visited free of charge.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
No
Local info
No
Capacity
0 - 9
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
State property

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