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Cat House

Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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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 straight up to finish the insult.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good39%
  • Average23%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed yesterday

Better to mark it down first cuz it took me a while to find this place. And in fact, there are two black cats, each on a corner of the building. You can see the black cats in all kinds of souvenir stores.

Thank Joanna Z
Reviewed 2 days ago

This striking custard yellow building is famous for its distinctive black cat figure arching its back on its turret. Who doesn't love a quirky statue? But the story behind what the cat is doing up there is even quirkier. In the early 20th century a...More

Thank lonewolf44
Reviewed 2 days ago

The cat house was build by a rich merchant who was not welcomed by certain sectors of society, he build this imposing building with the cats rear end originally pointing towards the culprits!

Thank G_EvansWales
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely charming piece of architecture in Riga Old town - the castle style roofs with 2 statues of jumping cats ! Interesting fact - this building is so popular that there are some dairy products with cats image on it !!!

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a nice story about this building and the cats. Look it up for yourself. After studying this building, get a local stiff drink at the nearby store that sells it.

Thank Urspeter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you ask for the story behind the black cats. Other than that, it is a pretty building but then all Old Riga is pretty.

Thank Julia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three times in three day we visited this building (ok, once only bypassed it). My wife got excellent black and white photo about the cat against the clouds and blue sky:) I believe this would be good place to visit with kids.

Thank Marko H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of hundreds of interesting old buildings to be found everywhere in Riga. Riga contains several architectural styles which are found throughout the entire city. In our opinion the buildings in Riga are some of the greatest gems to be found anywhere in Europe.

Thank Judgerld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The story surrounding the cats on the roof is interesting. Perhaps the cats can now be turned around as they originally were.

Thank Adventurers049
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cat is a topical attraction on the roof with a nice story about a merchant that was not invited to join a guild in retaliation he fixed this cat weather vane marking his territory which annoyed the guild,they came to an arrangement that he...More

Thank craigluscar
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