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Pedestrian bridge across Gauja river
Pedestrian bridge across Gauja river

The bridge was built in 1979 across the river Gauja with the aim to create a round route for the visitors of Gauja river old valley. A scenic view can be observed from the bridge to Velnala (Devil's cave) cliffs and Gauja river.

 

Coordinates 57.148650 24.807424 (Sigulda side)

 

The idea about the building of the bridge originated in 1976 due to two reasons. The Velnalas (Devil's caves) cliffs has been attraction for tourists since a long time ago. Until the beginning of 20th century it was easy to approach the caves along the path which led askew along the steep slope. Later a special massive platform was established, supported by iron rails.

 

Due to the large number of visitors the sandstone started to crumble, creating threat to Velnala preservation. A small stage of the path the visitors had to walk above the cave. Here the sandstone layer is only about one meter thick, so the pedestrians gradually wore and endangered the roof of the cave.

 

As the visitors' interest about the cave did no lessen, the necessity arose to figure out alternative for the view of the cave - to create a convenient access to the opposite bank where to establish the recreation place from where to view the scenic sandstone detrition as well as the picturesque Velnala (Devil's cave). The second reason - already at that time the interesting, quite long round route for Gauja river old valley visitors were planned to be developed. The building of the bridge was an opportunity to create such a route.

 

The bridge was built due to the support of Jānis Mengots, the deputy minister at the Ministry of Auto transport and motorways of Latvian SSR, who organized the designing and building at the end of 1970ies. The authors of the project of shroud construction pedestrian bridge were engineer J. Zavickis and architect A. Ādmine.

 

The bridged was unveiled in 1979. In 1980 the path and platform at the Velnala were removed. Since that time tourists can see Velnala from the opposite bank of Gauja river where a recreation place is also set up.


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