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Cat House

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Address: Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia

The story behind this unique architecture tells of its Latvian owner who...

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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Nice statue on top of the roof

This cat house is located in the Old town of Riga and it is within walking distance from major attractions. A must see for tourist.

Reviewed 1 February 2017
Evanston, Illinois
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London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Well, the cats are quite nice when you crane your neck up to see them and its a nice building....but really? a tourist attraction!!??

2 Thank angieraven
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

If you are walking pass then see it otherwise I don't really know what the fuss is about . Funny story but nothing to see except 2 cat statues on top of a yellow building... Looked everywhere to find it , waste of time for us as there's much more interesting things to see / do . But as I... More 

Evanston, Illinois
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671 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This cat house is located in the Old town of Riga and it is within walking distance from major attractions. A must see for tourist.

Thank kiltmaker2
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

walking around riga old town you come across the cat house , what is the cat house , why are there two cats on the roof and have they always faced that way , take a tour and find out why it is fun

Thank j2tatum
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

You can easily miss this building by noticing the casino neon signs, but then you notice the cats, good history!!

Thank Mel J
Lidingo, Sweden
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444 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Well apart from the iconic cat on the roof and the story behind it, there's actually nothing to see there. But it's located in the Old Town, so it's alright to see it on your way to another place.

Thank JonDoe04134
Hesperange, Luxembourg
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The Cat House is not anything particular unless you know the story behind that cat on the top. It apparently was 2 Business men that were competing and could not stand each other. So the one owning the house put that sculpture of the cat lifting its tail and showing its butt pointing in the direction of the office of... More 

3 Thank Sidelmann
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Worth going to see the building it is lovely and the story behind the cats is funny and interesting.

Thank Sidina C
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

There is a story about the cats on the top of this building, it's been mentioned before so I won't repeat it. It's very easy to miss so just look up, there is a casino in the bottom of this building and not much more, during Christmas there is a small market in the open square by this building.

Thank Rayburn C
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

Old school yellow building on the corner of the market. A huge fuss about it which lead to a disappointment - there is nothing to see.

Thank Mira L

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