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Tombstone at Moscow (Maskovska) cemetery

Address
Maskovska, Viski parish, Daugavpils district (Maskovska, Višķu pagasts, Daugavpils novads)
GPS: 56.0469238 , 26.794521
Phone
+371 654 76748
Email
taka@dnd.lv

Going from Viski to Ambeli, not far away from Moscow (Maskovska) Orthodox Church, on the left side of the road, there are Orthodox and Old Believer’s (mixed) cemeteries, where it is possible to observe an interesting, perhaps, the only Latvian tombstone that is called “penis”. Entering the cemetery gate, moving a dozen steps forward, on the right side, there is a gray granite monument in the form of a phallus. There is a story about its origin. A wife had imposed it to her unfaithful husband. The generation that can tell you about this unusual gravestone has already been dead for a long time. However, the study of the monument was tackled by Professor of Latvian University Janina Kursite, who together with experts decoded the barely visible inscription on the granite base. The discovery was unexpected and surprising: “devica” (virgin) is buried there and the years of her life (1864-1884) are given too.