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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 good38%
  • Average24%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“funny story” (13 reviews)
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 17 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 Giedre G
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 Richard L
Reviewed 5 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

Thank pcelica1
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Two cats on the roof. That is what is special about this House in jugend style. Not brother If you are not in the area.

Thank Birte L
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Next to the Big Guild, surprise to find a sports bar on the ground floor. Its most famous for its 2 black cats legend says that a disgruntles tradesman was not allowed into the Big Guild so he showed his displeasure by putting 2 metal...More

Thank prguru2015
Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank Professor04
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...More

Thank Aušrinė J
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...More

Thank Lavarcham
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
Reviewed 27 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
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