The Gutmana Ala: The Legendary Cave of the Good Man and the Rose of Turaida
Latvian postage stamp depicting the Rose of Turaida ( Wikimedia Commons )
The soldier swung his weapon, and Maija fell lifeless. When Viktor found the body of his beloved, he rushed to Turaida for help. In his hurry, he left his axe at the Gutmana Ala. As a result, he became the prime suspect of the murder, was arrested, and tried. The arrival of Peteris Skudritis, a comrade-in-arms of Jakubowsky, however, proved Viktor’s innocence, and the gardener was freed. Maija was buried at the edge of the Turaida graveyard, and a linden tree was planted on her grave.
Memorial Grave of Maija, the Rose of Turaida ( Wikimapia)
These are just two of the legends of Gutmana Ala. The entrancing stories are probably a large part of the attraction for modern day tourists to visit the cave, and reflect on the ways of the past.
Featured image: Ancient graffiti found at the Gutmana Ala cave, Sigulda, Latvia ( NMK Photography/Flickr )
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Available at: http://www.turaida-muzejs.lv/exhibitions/turaida-church-and-church-hill/legend-about-rose-of-turaida/?lang=en