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House of Blackheads

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Address: Kalku iela 1, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: 371 7044300
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One of the most magnificent buildings in Town Hall Square is the House of...

One of the most magnificent buildings in Town Hall Square is the House of Blackheads (circa 1334 and rebuilt in 1995-99), which once hosted a brotherhood of foreign merchants and now serves as both a museum and concert hall.

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Famous landmark in old part of the town

This is probably the building in Riga most of people take pictures of. It is truly astonishing architecture. Nothing alike you shall find across nearby. It also caters historical... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is probably the building in Riga most of people take pictures of. It is truly astonishing architecture. Nothing alike you shall find across nearby. It also caters historical meaning to Latvians. Now it is a home of Latvian president and walk ins are no longer available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the most photographed and most beautiful house not only in Riga, but the entire Baltic's. Although not the biggest on the Town Hall Sq, it dominates it with its stunning Dutch Renaissance facade. It was build in the 14 cent by the guild of unmarried German merchants of the Hansa league to which Riga belonged at those times.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As with many of the attractions in Old Town Riga, this is easily part of any walking tour. Located adjacent to Town Square, both can be explored almost simultaneously. The original history of the Blackheads is the German brotherhood of unmarried merchants dating back to the 14th century. Heavily damaged during WWII and further demolished by the Soviets the new... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit! Spectacular view! It was in and old town, and we found that its near the museum of the occupation of Latvia! Visit for sure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most beautiful square in Riga, you can walk there all around and enjoy architecture. You can visit this spot all year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Riga is beautiful in every brick. But this place is my favourite. The architect was genius. The shape, the color, the idea of building - everything is delicious!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is not only a beautifull arcitectual site , but has a very interesting histor behind it. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

House of the Blackheads is a building situated in the old town of Riga. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. Major works were done in the years 1580 and 1886, adding most of the ornamentations.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately, all we saw was the exterior as the interior was being renovated. I can wait to return to see what lies inside!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Not possible to visit inside at the moment due to refurbishing works, but apparently worth seeing when they reopen.

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