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Address: Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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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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Very interesting building

Two cats on top of the building form an interesting interactive posture. It was a very nice humor if you know the history of it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Two cats on top of the building form an interesting interactive posture. It was a very nice humor if you know the history of it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The house is at the west side of a well known square. I like it, except the below restaurant andgazino. I would prefer that the whole building should be keept as original.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great piece of history - with a cat perched up on the roof. Great for photographers and lots of cobbled street to amuse.

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1 Thank tonto09
Stockholm, Sweden
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I takes sum time before you understand way its called the cat house. Then you see some small cats and you don't understan why this is an attraction! Don't bather go here.

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Sydney
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1,265 reviews
985 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 475 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being lovers of all things cats, we had to see this building. Our guide told us an interesting story of how the cats came to be. Apparently the builder/architect had a disagreement (was shunned) with his guild. As a result, when he placed the cats on the roof there nether regions, are pointing at the guild in question, a light... More 

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2 Thank JnVSydney
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A weird attraction, its a cat on a roof, it is intriguing and therefore it is worth popping by whilst in the old town!

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1 Thank Lee F
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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832 reviews
481 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

A custard coloured building with 2 black cat statues sitting atop it. The story goes that the house was built by a tradesman who was so incensed at getting rejected by the local tradesman guild that he built the cats with their bums facing towards the guild. That's just the kind of pettiness you've got to admire, right?

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2 Thank Chelsea B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I came to see this and loved the architecture of the building, the building is a restaurant now and looks out onto a square surrouded by stunning architecture. worth a visit

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1 Thank GillyKD
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The cats at the top of the house were originally placed with their tails (backsides) towards the merchants guild as they wouldn't let the Cat house owner join as a sign of his displeasure but once they let him in he had them turned round to there present position.

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1 Thank Bill D
London, United Kingdom
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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!!??

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