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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 good38%
  • Average24%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“funny story” (13 reviews)
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A unique landmark of Riga, with an interesting story behind those two black cats which raised so proud on the top of the building.

Thank SafirAlbastru
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A real symbol of Riga, this is worth checking out because it will take you around the Old Town and let you see it at your leisure.

Thank headbeeguy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw the Cat House on the post card and decided to go and see it myself. I asked the Tourist Information Center and it could easily be found.

Thank Quack H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The "Cat House(1909)" is styled as medieval architecture and is a landmark because of the sculptures of the two black cats with arched backs and raised tails facing the Guild House.The purpose of installing the sculpture of these cats was to cause trouble as the...More

Thank MumbaiRiders
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Art Nouveau building is located in the Old Town outside the crowded tourist areas. We were walking around and found it by chance. Since I´m attracted to Art Nouveau I looked up and was surprised by the black cats... quite a nice surprise!

Thank Cosmic_Elf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure that you get a guide when visiting Riga's old city as there are many more stories like this one

Thank Jack K
Reviewed 17 August 2017

To appreciate the house, you have to know the ancient story. The businessman who lived there wanted to join the guild, but it was for Germans only so he was not allowed to. So he erected the cat on the roof raising its tail and...More

2  Thank simmondsi
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We stood next to the building next door, the "guild house" and heard the historical description of the place. The reason for building the building and cats in his head, a funny and funny story Worth listening to ... But I will not spoil the...More

Thank Oded H
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Don't overthink this one. Determine where it is. Walk by. Look up at the cats. Stop and try to get a photo. Move on.

Thank Film G
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Our guide told us the funny story of this cat; but I won`t give away it. You should take a guided tour - it`s worth.

Thank Klaus M
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