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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.
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  • Average24%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

it's the cat house... this building has become the unofficial symbol of Riga. The house itself dates from 1909 . Part of a popular legend ... not much more into it. The 2 black cats point nowhere in particular, but are constantly posing for the...More

Thank apocalipse
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Nice, but not as spectacular as expected. In the middle of the Old Town, which, by the way, is really worth visiting.

Thank Bente E
Reviewed 25 September 2017

As visiting goes, I noticed cats on many of the souvenirs. So I asked my wife. So we asked a person or two for directions and were soon standing in front of the cat house. I enjoyed it. It's a pretty cool place.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Considering the cat is the symbol of Riga I was expecting this house to be more impressive. It is on a street corner and we nearly missed it, then looked up and saw the two cat statues, which were quite small

Thank Hevsy
Reviewed 7 September 2017

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 31 August 2017

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 30 August 2017

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 29 August 2017

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 24 August 2017

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 23 August 2017

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
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