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“Look Up To See Why Souvenir Shops Are Filled With Cats”
Review of Cat House

Cat House
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USD 9.45*
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Private Walking Tour of Riga Old Town
Ranked #41 of 318 things to do in Riga
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Ever wonder why there are so many shops in Riga offering Black Cat fridge magnets, postcards, notebooks, ashtrays, and so on? You can see the symbol on the roof of the house here. Every tour guide in town will have their version of the story of the “disagreement” between the owner of the house and the Guild across the street. The house sits on a lovely square, from which you can get an excellent photograph of the cat silhouette against a legendary Baltic sunset.

Thank Professor04
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We almost missed this attraction, because it does not stand out of the crowd. On the street level, it is just a nice house. The interesting part can be seen only if you decide to raise your eyes into the sky - you will notice a cat statue on the roof. A peculiar detail, but that's it.

Thank Aušrinė J
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

It would be such a shame to walk past this building and not to look up to see the two cats poised aloft. The history of how the intention to place them is amusing and shows that human relations have always had episodes of sharp interactions even though they don't always get played out architecturally.

Thank Lavarcham
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Amusing to see the cats on the towers. Read up before you visit, about the reason the cats face as they do!

Thank Jeff W
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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 passing snap-happy tourists. Fun fact.

Thank apocalipse
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