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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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Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Walking through the cobbbled side streets in Old Town it’s fantastic is see the various architecture and of a very high standard of cleanliness

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristy-Lee D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alexa8776
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MartinRHor
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fordy2014
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This novel architectural feature makes for a laugh in telling about your travels. Nice to see a bit of 19th century humor injected into a city tour. It only takes a moment to get the story.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PCmonkey
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Easy to miss the cat and the funny story behind it being perched on the top of a house. So look up, and read up.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kattullus
Reviewed 28 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Gul C
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Great story to the cats. Just one of great buildings in the city. Worth while stopping and admiring.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank D38lawn
Reviewed 16 September 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GeysirGal
Reviewed 4 September 2018

I think this is one of the best art nouveau buildings you can see in Riga. It is very easy on the eye and the cat statues make it something a bit out of the orginary

Date of experience: August 2018
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