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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.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good38%
  • Average24%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“great guild” (14 reviews)
“funny story” (10 reviews)
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

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.

Thank Yali L
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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.

Thank 65Zafer
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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

1  Thank tonto09
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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.

Thank jessi88677
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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...More

2  Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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

1  Thank Lee F
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...More

2  Thank Chelsea B
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

1  Thank GillyKD
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...More

1  Thank Bill D
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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