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Cat House

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Address: Meistaru iela 19, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
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The story behind this unique architecture tells of its Latvian owner who...

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.

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Interesting decoration and nothing more

I passed this house several times, because it's in the center of Old town and saw nothing unusual except a nice building. Then once I saw people taking pics of the roofs??? I... read more

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

I passed this house several times, because it's in the center of Old town and saw nothing unusual except a nice building. Then once I saw people taking pics of the roofs??? I looked up and saw those interesting decorations on two spire like roof tops. Then, I heard an interesting legend of a local, and that's it...nice house with... More 

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of those places you just have to see. For Cat lovers it is of particular interest. Built early in the 20th century, there is a great legend behind it. The Cats with their tails up and pointed to the house of Great Guild do so for spite. Apparently the owner had a grudge against the guild and... More 

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Lviv
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was wandering around Old Riga and was attracted by a cat on a roof. I liked the idea and two figurines did look interesting against the cloudy October sky that day. Later I found out that it was 'the' famous cat building.

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Thank xryLviv
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The story behind the building is funny, but it's not much more than a building with two black cats on top.

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Boliden, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very nice building in the heart of Riga. The cats on the roof make it special. A place to visit when you are in the old town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Long time ago two merchants had a feud and installed a black cat facing the other's property. Nowadays the black cats are on the rooftop of this building called the Cathouse.

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Vars, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This building is beautiful for those who love architecture It has a restaurant which we didn't dine at but spent quite a long time photographing this building from every angle.

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Gold Coast Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I used this building as a landmark to where I was going. It is an interesting building. The cays were turned around after a man was exiled from the Guild. After he was eventually admitted, the cats were turned back.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Took us a while to find. It's actually very central. A lot smaller than you would think. Good photo opp.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This Cat House is a building located at 10 Meistaru iela (street) in Riga’s Old Town. Constructed in 1909 at the direction of architect Friedrich Scheffel, it is style as medieval architecture with some Art Nouveau elements. It’s known for two cat sculptures, with arched backs and raised tails, atop the roof at either end. It’s said the building’s owner... More 

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