Elku Hill of Gavieze


Elku Hill is formed artificially on the bank of the near river Otanka (Otaņķe), 80 metres fromthe highroad and a half kilometre to the south from Gavieze manor. It has remained intact until the 19th century. Nowadays is possible to observe its ancient shape and feel its historical aura in nature.


Jewelry findings prove that there was a Latvian settlement over the river. This means that a single ensemble – Elku Hill, a settlement and a river, is naturally created. The middle of Elku Hill had been cobbled with small scaled stones. In the Second World War the German troops set up trenches and site of the war technique on its southern side, as a result the outward shape of Elku Hill has suffered.


The flatness has a rounded triangle shape, which is ragged, because in that place where the natural landed relief had been higher, the flatness had also been made higher. This results in a relatively equal height of the hill side. It is observed that the lateral height of fortified sites, if artificially thrown, does not reach more beyond than 4 to 6 metres. Such an earthen bank had been sufficient to put the attacker at a disadvantageous position of a battle. Now the hill is planted with firs from German land, which are about 50 years old. There grow also large lindens, oaks and apple-trees.


Nowadays the cult places are recognized by coumpound names, in which the first part is made of the words God, idol, sacred, cross. Cult monuments are natural creatures around which the ancient Latvians gathered for religious rituals and sacrifice. The objects of worship became things that live longer than a human – hills, stones, sources, trees. The ancient Latvian ancestry worshipped them impressed by the power of heaven and earth.




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