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Liv (Kuiķuļi) Sacrificial Caves by Svētupe

The Liv Sacrificial Caves are located next to the Kuiķuli homestead on the right bank of the River Svētupe 10 km east of Salacgrīva. This is one of the longest caves in Latvia, in Mid-Devonian sandstone.

About the cave

The length of the main passage including branches is 47 m long, but the shortest passage stretches for 19.5 m. In some places, caves chamber is only 0.3 m high.

Ancient signs in the cave

Here, for the first time in Latvia, were found ancient signs carved into sandstone - incubus crosses, the Jumis sign, straight and sloping crosses and others. The oldest inscription in the cave is dated in 1664.

In 1973 J. Urtāns revealed that from the 14th to the 19th century here had been made sacrifices.

Salacgrīva district, Salacgrīvas lauku teritorija, LV-
+371 64041254
Languages Spoken: 
Admission Fee: 
Free
Coordinates:
57.715371, 24.490964
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Last updated: 
15.05.2016