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This is the widest and highest cave in the Baltics. It is 19 meters deep, 12 meters wide and 10 meters high. The cave was formed from the yellow-brown sandstone rock of the Gauja river bank; its formation is due to a millennium long interaction between the river and an underground spring.
The cave is considered the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia because visitors, from even the earliest days, wanted to leave “decorations” such as names, initials and the dates of their visits engraved on the walls of the cave. Inside the cave you may even find coats-of-arms and names of various barons and estate owners. These were made-to-order for a fee by local craftsmen who would wait for wealthy visitors near the cave armed with tools, stepladders and templates.
Today, it is no longer permitted to write on the cave walls because it is a protected archeological and geological monument.
The grotto is situated on the left side of the road between Turaida and Sigulda behind the bridge across the Gauja River, if you are driving from Sigulda.