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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%
  • Average23%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice story” (5 reviews)
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you stop by when walking around Old Riga! And research the history behind the cat on top of the roof :D

Thank Marla7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite the funny name, and no, it is not a "cathouse", it is a really good looking building. The history of the cats is even better. So, give it a try.

Thank Wilmar186
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history is interesting butthe place itslef is just a building with a statue of a cat on top - cute yes, quick photo op before you move onto the next thing

Thank Eddie072_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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