Famous sightseeing site closed due to landslide

A popular sightseeing trail has been blocked by a landslide caused by heavy rains, the Nature Conservation Agency said January 2.

At the site, the upper levels of the soil have slid down the slope between the Krimulda Serpentine and Gūtmanis Cave, blocking the walking trail.

The above photo shows that trees and tree roots have slid down with the soil.

The trees and rocks will be cleared off the trail once the weather permits it, with the works expected to conclude only in spring.

Gūtmanis Cave (Latvian: Gūtmaņa ala) is the widest and highest cave in the Baltic countries, located on the Gauja River in the National Park of Sigulda, Latvia.

It is the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia.

On the walls of the cave are inscriptions starting from the 17th century, up to the present day when vandals still scrape their names on the soft sandstone rock, to remain in perpetual infamy.

A secluded and romantic spot, the cave is part of popular legend as the would-be meeting place of star-crossed lovers Viktors and Maija (the Rose of Turaida), with the latter having died at the cave in lieu of marrying a Polish nobleman who wanted to trick her into marriage. 

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