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Ikšķiļi (Ēķini) Sacrificial Linden (Ikšķiļu (Ēķinu) Upurliepa)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Riga
County:
Limbaži
Parish:
Limbaži
Other references to the location
About 150 m in NW direction of the Ikšķiles (Ēķin) homestead
Coordinates
lat=57.4416666667, lon=24.805
57° 26' 30" N, 24° 48' 17" E
Description

The Ikšķiles (Ēķin) multi-trunk linden (both larger and

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smaller trunks are forming on average a 7 m large tree cluster) is well visible from the nearby surroundings. There is pastureland around the linden that is why the linden and its nearby surroundings are trampled down by cattle. The cattle path goes right through the linden cluster, which has two larger trunks (the circumference of the largest trunk is 2.9 m). There are stones piled around the linden gathered from the field, but they are not too many in number. The large trunks of the linden have been broken; one of them has been sawn into pieces. There are quite many decaying branches and new bushes around the linden, but the linden's new offsprings have been pollarded. They say that in ancient times the linden had 12 trunks. In 1994, G. Eniņš drew four trunks of the linden, the circumferences of which were 3.12, 3.18, 2.92, and 3.48 m. The height of the longest trunk at that time was 23 m.

Narrative

1) [By the Ēķin Linden] there used to be our ancestors' prayers and offering place. J. Graudonis' Report of September 15, 1962. Stored at the Monument Documentation Centre of the State Inspection for Heritage Protection 2) The fact that it is really a holy linden is proved by the belief of the local elderly people that beneath the linden there is a church with church cellars still preserved. G. Eniņš. Is the Skomaki Linden an Idol Linden? Lauku Avīze. March 1, 1994.

Attraction
Attractive
Availability
Accessible by crossing a cornfield.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
None
Local info
None
Capacity
10 - 40
Publicity
Unknown
Legal Status
Private
Comments
The object is visually impressive.

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