Cat House
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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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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio2,991 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See As Part of Many Sites in Riga's Old Town
    The Cat House is indeed a fun building in Riga's old town with, as the photographs show, two large black cats on the conical side roofs of this Art-Nouveau structure. I wouldn't really consider this as its own "attraction," but rather one of many fun sights and parts of Riga's very walkable old town. I'd get a decent local map or walking tour and walk around the old town to see nearby sights such as Riga Cathedral, the Bremen Town Musicians statue, the Blackheads building, and the Occupation Museum. The side of this building houses a wonderful Belgian gastropub Duvel's, but there are countless cafes and restaurants in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom2,943 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘If you were to miss this building whilst visiting Riga you trip wouldn’t be incomplete.’
    When researching things to do and see in Latvia. This one would always come up, as an attraction to see. The cats on top of the building are certainly different, but they’re much smaller than I’d imagined. So you could easily walk past this building and miss them. At the bottom of the yellow building they have a cafe/restaurant. Overall, if you were to miss this building whilst visiting Riga you trip wouldn’t be incomplete.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • chrissieb94
    Dorset, United Kingdom3,074 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky Cats
    The house was built in 1909. It is styled as medieval architecture with a touch of Art Nouveau. Its claim to fame are the two cat sculptures with arched backs and raised tails that are on the turret rooftops. Definitely a quirky feature that could be easily missed if you didn’t look up!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
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GCC25
Raleigh, NC233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It’s a very fascinating building with a funny story. I didn’t go in. I only walked by and took pictures. It was interesting to me since I like cats.
Written 29 March 2024
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a fun house, decorated by cats in a very specific position.
Legend says the owner of the house created the cats when he was denied access to a certain guild and used the cats figures to show what he thought about this decision.
Written 31 October 2023
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK3,074 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The house was built in 1909. It is styled as medieval architecture with a touch of Art Nouveau. Its claim to fame are the two cat sculptures with arched backs and raised tails that are on the turret rooftops. Definitely a quirky feature that could be easily missed if you didn’t look up!
Written 5 September 2023
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Adrian T
Silchester, UK200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The cats are now a symbol of Riga but you have to look very hard to see them as they are on the very top of the building which was built in 1909.
Written 7 August 2023
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Ben White
Northampton, UK2,943 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
When researching things to do and see in Latvia. This one would always come up, as an attraction to see. The cats on top of the building are certainly different, but they’re much smaller than I’d imagined. So you could easily walk past this building and miss them.
At the bottom of the yellow building they have a cafe/restaurant.
Overall, if you were to miss this building whilst visiting Riga you trip wouldn’t be incomplete.
Written 3 August 2023
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KellyLS144
Nottingham, UK55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Cute cats on a building - that’s all there is to say really. Worth a photo. As a cat lover I was excited by it, and lots of souvenirs in Riga have the cats on them.
Written 3 August 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Worth a quick photo stop as the cats are cute - but make sure that someone tells you the legend behind the cats first!
Written 30 July 2023
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Cat House is indeed a fun building in Riga's old town with, as the photographs show, two large black cats on the conical side roofs of this Art-Nouveau structure.

I wouldn't really consider this as its own "attraction," but rather one of many fun sights and parts of Riga's very walkable old town. I'd get a decent local map or walking tour and walk around the old town to see nearby sights such as Riga Cathedral, the Bremen Town Musicians statue, the Blackheads building, and the Occupation Museum. The side of this building houses a wonderful Belgian gastropub Duvel's, but there are countless cafes and restaurants in the area.
Written 3 July 2023
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max v
Europe407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
There are many interesting sights in Riga, but it is impossible not to pay attention to the black cats sitting on the roof of one of the old houses. A fascinating urban legend is associated with them. Once upon a time, a rich merchant named Bloomer very much wanted to join the Riga Guild of Merchants, but for some reason they did not want to accept him, then he ordered two statuettes with black cats arching their backs from a local sculptor and placed them on the turrets of his estate. The cats were installed so that they could demonstrate their rear parts to the guild members and visitors around the clock. The merchants sued him, but lost the lawsuit. In the end, the cats were deployed in the "right" direction, and Bloomer became a member of the guild.
Written 1 June 2023
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Foodyinheaven123
London, UK63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It became a joke that we had to find the black cat having read about it before visiting. Would say it's worth a trip to find the black cat and to read about the history of it too.
Written 13 March 2023
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