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Witches' Cliffs (Raganu klintis)

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Riik:
Latvia
Piirkond:
Vidzeme
Linn:
Ape
Asukoha kirjeldus
In the meander of the left bank of the Vaidava River, in Ape between Pasta Street and Stat-counters.net
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Koordinaadid
lat=57.540321352101, lon=26.70777922117
57° 32' 25" N, 26° 42' 28" E
Asukoha kirjeldus

On the left bank of the Vaidava River, 8-10 m high, up to 100 m long sandstone detritions have formed — the Witches' Cliffs (Raganu klintis). In their lower part the river stream has eroded small niches. In the nearby surroundings there are many weird nature objects: the Werewolf's Pine-Tree and the Twin-Pine-Trees, the Witches' Broom, the Witches' Circles, the Witches' Bones, etc. (Tourism Development State Agency, 2012b). A gathering place of local significance. Already back in 1924, E. Kurce included it together with the two springs flowing out of it into the list of Latvian cult sites, and J. Urtāns shared this opinion later on (1977).

Lugu

Witches' activities are mainly related to the cliff called the Witches' Cliff and the springs flowing out at its foot. In tales the witches appear not as real women, witches, but as evil spirits that are more related to the springs. In the folklore of Northern Vidzeme the witches' relationship to caves has not been established, thus the Witches' Cliffs (Witches' Hill) are to be seen as a mythological site rather than the caves.

Vaatamisväärsus
A very beautiful and picturesque place. The cliffs can be viewed from the bridge (to the secular willow) and both banks of the Vaidava River, especially from the right one.
Juurdepääs
In the town the signs disappear, although there is the brown sign on the A2 road. In Ape it is pointed out with the indication "Tourism Objects" that appear at several crossroads.
Taristu
No infrastructure.
Kohapealne info
Head of the Ape Tourism Information Centre and a guide Astra will tell everything. No information st
Soovitav hülastajate hulk
41 ja rohkem
Tuntus
Popular
Õiguslik seisund
Municipal property
Kommentaarid
Astra is an environment guide dressing up like a witch. Attractive, good interpretation.

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