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The former tower on the Gaiziņkalns (demolished in 2012)
|Elevation||312 m (1,024 ft)|
|Listing||Country high point|
|Location||Bērzaune parish, Madona Municipality, Latvia|
The Gaising or Gaiziņkalns (German: Mesenberg), at 1,022 feet (311,94) above sea level, is the highest point in Latvia. It is situated a short distance to the west of the town of Madona, central Vidzeme.
Although only relatively low, Gaiziņkalns has been developed into a skiing area with three slopes and several guesthouses. In order to rival Suur Munamägi – the highest point of neighbouring Estonia at 318 metres – a tower was built which exceeds the latter in height. Although the construction work was not finished, the tower became a popular tourist attraction, which led to its closure due to the serious risk to safety. The tower was demolished in December 2012, and the rubble removed. There is a nearby multilingual sign marking the high point, but nothing at the natural summit itself.
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