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

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.

Thank PCmonkey
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank kattullus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Gul C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank D38lawn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank June A
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

Thank SeemsTVL
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful building with 2 lovely cats on both tops. Around the building a lovely square with restaurant and shops.

Thank Ngiet
Reviewed 7 August 2018

In the old town and worth stopping by while sight seeing. Not much to see other than a cat on the roof - but the history of the cat, its raised tail originally pointing over other merchants' property but later turned around to buy favour...More

Thank hisreverence
Reviewed 7 August 2018

As a cat lover, this was one of the things I really wanted to see in Old Riga. Found it very easily, big yellow building not far from the Powder Tower. Just keep looking up :D There is an amusing little story that goes along...More

Thank Rose E
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Looking between the streets and getting lost in the city, this beautiful house appears, with the two cats on top of it, the story is very interesting in relation to the cats and the house, but what you can not miss is the beauty of...More

Thank Öscar R
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