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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average24%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“funny story” (14 reviews)
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before walking around Riga's old town I suggest you read about it - there are lots of legends and stories behind each building! And it's not just the cats on top, it's about a story: the cats were originally placed with their tails turned to...More

Thank Olga S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happened to walk past this building and loved the architecture and the cats on the roof. Lovely photo opportunity. Very unique!

Thank Dymps66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another beautiful building with a funny story ... After his exclusion from the great Riga Guild at the end of XIX century, a rich owner ordered that the cats on the roofs of his house be turned so as to present their rear, tails drawn...More

1  Thank Patrick D
Reviewed 9 January 2018

I actually hadnt noticed the cat statues on this building until I did the walking tour of the old town and my guide told us about it! pretty and fun anecdote

Thank serena99
Reviewed 3 January 2018

The house itself is impressive looking building representing the era in which it was built, some sculptures on the roof, but without any additional knowledge of the finer side of architecture, the building is quickly seen.

Thank Totti K
Reviewed 31 December 2017

My wife pointed this out to me as I would not have noticed it as it is easy to walk past the building and not see the cat on the top of it. The back story of the cat and its position at the top...More

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 30 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

1  Thank County-Hunter
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 9 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
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