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House of Blackheads, Riga
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Discover why House of Blackheads used to be called the "grandest adornment of Riga." You can see carvings, reliefs, and embedded statues on its facade, then head for the arched entrance flanked by a virgin and child, plus the patron saint himself. The city built this house in the 14th century as a meeting venue for different social organizations. In the 17th century, its sole occupants were the Brotherhood of Blackheads--a guild of unmarried German merchants. Nazi Germans and Soviets destroyed the building during and after World War II, but it was completely restored in 1999. Notice the portal engraving, which states, "Should you ever see me falling, raise me up, 'tis your calling." For House of Blackheads and beyond, use our Riga vacation builder to get the most from your Riga vacation.
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  • One of the symbols of Riga. very special characteristics and in their outward appearance! Unfortunately I could not visit them inside because they are undergoing. But even from out in the frame of the square have their why!! Whenever you see you want to photograph them from every possible angle so be ye also equally!!
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  • I think everyone should see this Riga, with their own eyes the building gives the impression in any weather.
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  • And went 12-lit building in the evening, and is very beautiful. The shape of the building in the fashionable, was the great enemy.
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  • You can spend a fair share of time just admiring the intricate details of this building's facade! One of the best places where to start your Riga tour.
  • Beautiful architecture! Nice to take photo in the morning when the sun is up and at night for some golden colours of this building.
  • Well worth the time checking it out. Did not go inside, just enjoyed the views of the outside while waiting to meet up with a local friend.
  • How such big and beautiful building. You can feel how powerfull they were when this was built.
  • Historical and architectural place. When visit there are more to do around also