The World On My Doorstep

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Gauja National Park

on January 12, 2014

postcards3_2From my wonderful friend Maija who was visiting her family back in Latvia comes this awesome card showing Gauja National Park – the largest national park in the country, earning its name from the Gauja river which flows through it. Maija visited the town of Sigulda, from where all the park administration is dealt with. Here you can see Sigulda Medieval Castle – which dates to 1207 – and the Turaida Castle – translating to ‘Thor’s Garden’, a recent reconstruction of a medieval castle which burned down in the 1700s. The area is renowned for having the greatest concentration of castles in the whole of eastern Europe, due to the importance of the Gauja river during the Crusades. Wonderful card! Thanks Maija!

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