Exploratory expedition in Stāmeriena parish

On August 14, 16 tireless participants of the expedition went to explore the Kalniena side of Stāmeriena parish. Under the guidance of Sarmīte Dundure, the state inspector of the Vidzeme regional branch of the National Cultural Heritage Board, we went to see the Jaunķempju castle mound opened in 2019. Next, the road led to Punakrogs, where Iveta Erica, a local history researcher from the Gulbene County Library, introduced us to interesting facts about the history of this building. Going further towards Kalniena, at Lake Ludza we visited the ancient cemeteries of Skolu - a place where a unique relic of Latvian history has been found in archeological excavations - Stāmeriena villa.

Time passed in Kalniena without noticing, where Inga Lapse, tourism information consultant of the Tourism Information Center “Stāmeriena”, introduced us to the history of Kalniena Castle and other manor buildings built in the classicist style. Before boiling the rest of the road, we rested in the outdoor reading room of Kalniena Library in Stāmeriena Parish. Then we went to Jaunkalns manor, on the way we came to see the restored Kalniena station, as well as stopped at the birthplace of the poet Vija Poļaka - Rikveile "Verdenas".

Thank you to the experts for the informative and interesting narration, thank you to the hospitable manager of Kalniena Library for the kind reception! We are happy and grateful to the owner of Jaunkalns manor for the opportunity to see his property!

Thanks to the strong members of the expedition, who were not afraid of road dust and many kilometers! We have covered about 15 km in this expedition, which turned out to be the longest route of the expedition so far!

See you at the next expedition in September, when we go to Jaungulbene parish!

The expeditions are organized by the Gulbene County Library, the project “Cognitive Expeditions 2020” is supported by the State Cultural Capital Fund.

Photo HERE .

Inese Kalēja,
Gulbene County Library