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View Of The Gauja Valley From The Emperor’s ChairView Of The Gauja Valley
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View Of The Gauja Valley From The Emperor’s Chair, Ķeizarkrēsls un Ķeizarskats, Gaujas senieleja, Sigulda, Gaujas nacionālais parks, Ainava

View Of The Gauja Valley From The Emperor’s Chair

Code: A-733-20
Author: Aivars Gulbis
Photo taken on August 21, 2020
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Opposite of Piķenes Cliff on the left bank of the River Gauja there is the massive Beites Cliff, which is crossed by a deep ravine of a brook.

On its western side there is the viewpoint Ķeizarskats, which is located ~ 67 m above the level of River Gauja offering an outstanding view towards Krimulda and Turaida Castle. A viewing platform was developed already in 1862, when the Russian Tsar Alexander II visited Sigulda. While on the eastern side of the ravine there is the large wooden chair Ķeizarkrēsls. To get there one shall walk (drive) around the ravine along the Laurenču, Kalna and Gulbju streets.
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Since the 19th century, tourists in Sigulda have visited the overlook spots where one can view the ancient valley of the Gauja river. These overlooks are titled the Emperor’s chair and the Emperor’s View both named for the visit of Alexander II, Tzar of Russia.

Prior to the Tzar’s visit, many areas of Sigulda and Krimulda underwent improvements. In addition to the overlook points, a serpentine trail and a temporary wooden bridge were built. It is believed that both the Tzar and his wife each planted a linden tree during their visit. The Tzar was so moved by the magnificent scenery that the overlook was thereafter called the Emperor’s chair.

The Tzar and his entourage also paid a visit to the family of Prince von Borh, stayed overnight with Livens, and visited the Kampenhauzens who were the owners of Turaida manor.

Greeting such a prominent guest was met with much grandeur. Honorary gates were erected and decorated with flags and flowers. People of all stations flocked to Sigulda to see and greet the tzar with “happy cheering and hurraying”. One account recalls that the local men stood with torches on both sides of the road from Sigulda to Turaida. Later that night when visiting Krimulda there was a fireworks display. Long after the Emperor’s departure, local people continued to talk about the visit to the point where ‘the dishes the Emperor used were left on the table and the bed where he slept left unmade” in order to keep the memory alive.
tourism.sigulda.lv

View Of The Gauja Valley From The Emperor’s Chair

Code: A-733-20
Author: Aivars Gulbis
Photo taken on August 21, 2020
FREE 1000 x 667 px
72 dpi
235 KB
S 1748 x 1165 px
14.8 x 9.87 cm / 300 dpi
MB
M 3000 x 2000 px
25.4 x 16.93 cm / 300 dpi
L 6000 x 4000 px
50.8 x 33.87 cm / 300 dpi
20.2 MB
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