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The story behind this unique architecture tells of its Latvian owner who was denied membership in the powerful Great Guild; to show his displeasure, he built two cat sculptures on his roof with their backsides facing the Guild and their tails...more
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The tails of the cats where placed in positions to be a strategic slam against the nearby house of the Great Guild who wouldn't allow the owner of the cat house into membership. His revenge was in the position of the cats until they allowed...More
The building itself is one of many architecturally attractive buildings in and around the old town. The two cats on the roof are distinctive and of course have a legend attached to them. There seem to be two versions so it’s a case of take...More
Read up before about this house before you go then see this house whilst walking round Riga. You only need to look at the outside and take some pics to see the black cat. You'll see some black cats dotted round Riga.
I love buildings with stories, I love cats. So what more can I ask than one which brings them together. One of the most beautiful well preserved art nouveau buildings in Riga. Bought a lot of souvenirs to remind me of it.
The cat perched on the roof turrets of this house remind me very much of my own little kitties at home, with its bum in the air pointing towards the House of the Blackheads from which the owner was allegedly rejected. Whatever the history of...More