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Cat House, Riga

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
If you're wondering how cats became an unofficial symbol and landmark of the city, spend some time at Cat House. Here, the sculptures of two angry-looking cats perch on twin medieval turrets. The cats' posteriors were originally turned toward the building of the Great Guild. Legend has it that the owner of the house put up the cats as the act of revenge because the guild refused to approve his membership. He was admitted to the guild after a lengthy court battle, but he was forced to turn the cats' posteriors the other way. Architect Friedrich Scheffel designed the house in 1909. Notice how the medieval design merges with some elements of Art Nouveau on its elaborate portal. Cat House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Legend is that a rich Latvian wanted to enter the Guild which was reserved for German population and was rejected. SO he decided to build his own building, with a black cat on the roof showing its...  more »
  • What a statement from the owner! The builder and offended merchant is long gone, but his black cat on the roof is still being talked about! Always good to read up on the architectural history of a.....  more »
  • It's just a house with some cats on top. While someone more knowledgeable may appreciate the architecture, for average person it's just meh. I kind of don't get why all souvenirs in Riga feature cats. Don't get me wrong, I love cats, but the city has so much more to offer the this.
  • It's just a house with a couple of cat statues on the roof, but very cool the nonetheless. Don't waste too much time on it.

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