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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 23 June 2018 via mobile

Worth finding this building just for the cats. Funny because of the historic story. Located in the centre of the Old Town and not hard to find.

Thank Livalambchop
Reviewed 20 June 2018

On many buildings one should look up to spot some extra on turrets of the old buildings. This one sports cats, Certainly different.

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Following a dispute with the guilds across the street, this homeowner decided to install these two cat figures on the tops of the two turrets of the house. However, in fun or some passive-aggressive moment, he had them installed with their rear ends towards the...More

Thank 2CAtravelers
Reviewed 1 June 2018

For me, each city has iconic architecture. Riga is defined by this building.. I recommend this for visitors

Thank Rich G
Reviewed 31 May 2018

Cat House is one of many interesting buildings in old town Riga. Back story about why the cats high tail and rear end pointed towards a guild house is funny.

Thank OldGuyWanderz
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Nice architectural building in front of the guild house. On top of the two round towers there is a cat in a "p" position. Story is told that a trader, being denied membership of the guild, build his house in front of their guild house...More

Thank conrad57
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

This house has a fun story - regarding why cats in that pose were used by the owner. Worth a look and a photo

Thank eagertraveller123
Reviewed 25 May 2018

yes the story is great and there stands the cat tail hicked.. the upkeep is great on this house so take a look it is beautiful

Thank kitty37421
Reviewed 7 May 2018

These little things that occur in the past can last forever. The black cat has become an icon and is seen on many souvenirs.

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
Reviewed 7 May 2018

There is a story about this cat house... that had can one way and now the other way... if you are interested -- find the story out and then go to see the building....

Thank MarcinDrP
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