Sietiniezis rock consists of whitish sandstone that is
approximately 300 millions years old. It is one of the most beautiful
and picturesque outcrops on the banks of the Gauja river, and is protected
geological nature monument of national importance.
In the southern part of Sietiniezis there is the Velnala
(Devil's) cave, which total length is 10,5m.
Sietiniezis means in Latvian "the rock of strainer". Where
does this strange name come from? If you look closely to the surface
of the rock, you will notice little holes. They are inhabitated by a
special bee species. Therefore the surface of the rock reminds a strainer.
Close to the rock there is also a farm-stead "Setini".
Sietiniezis rock has many multishaped niches and arches. One
bend is called "Heel of Devil". The local tales tell that Devil has pushed
against it, when he ran over the Gauja River to Liepa town, to the cave
of Liela Ellite (the Big Hell of Liepa). Close to the Sietiniezis rock
there is a memorial stone that was placed by students who invite all
wanderers to enjoy the beauty of Latvia. May it gladden you as well!