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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 31 December 2017

When my wife first suggested we go visit a Cathouse when in Riga, I thought she had lost it. Of course, I thought she was suggesting we visit a brothel which is what I thought a cathouse was. But no, this is actually a house...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

The cat on the top of this building is a symbol of Riga, but actually there is not much to see. Just have a look, take a picture if you have a proper lene, and that's it. Buy a picture or magnet in eny souvenir...More

Thank Amos P
Reviewed 19 December 2017

That about sums this up - house with cats on the roof - ok so the story behind why the cats are there is quite interesting, but it really is just a house with cats on the roof :)

Thank xanadu68
Reviewed 10 December 2017

As the owner of a black cat myself, I was keen to see this building while we were exploring Old Riga. Unless you know the story and are looking out for it, it would be easy to walk past and assume it's just another attractive...More

Thank Jellybellydancer
Reviewed 23 November 2017

Make sure you stop by when walking around Old Riga! And research the history behind the cat on top of the roof :D

Thank Marla7
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Despite the funny name, and no, it is not a "cathouse", it is a really good looking building. The history of the cats is even better. So, give it a try.

Thank Wilmar186
Reviewed 18 November 2017

The history is interesting butthe place itslef is just a building with a statue of a cat on top - cute yes, quick photo op before you move onto the next thing

Thank Eddie072_11
Reviewed 18 November 2017

We were looking for that cat on the roof with my friend - that cat is like symbol of Riga in lots of photos!

Thank GiedreG26
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Not an easy building to find, but when you've heard the story .... well, you've got to, haven't you? It is worth seeing, yes but not especially worth going out of your way for the purpose! Mind, if you're a cat person ..... !

Thank RichardL5670
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The medieval house with Art Nouveau elements had a wealthy owner who had some disagreement with the Guild in the neighbouring house. Therefore, the tradesman placed two cat statues on his roof with their tails turned towards the house of the Great Guild as a...More

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