Kaķu nams, Cat House, Riga

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If you're wondering how cats became an unofficial symbol and landmark of the city, spend some time at Kaķu nams, 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. Kaķu nams, Cat House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Riga Edition.
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  • To appreciate the house, you have to know the ancient story. The businessman who lived there wanted to join the guild, but it was for Germans only so he was not allowed to. So he erected the cat on th...  more »
  • nothing there that ... one of the many beautiful buildings he's very gifted this small town, except to have cats on top ... to photograph but I mean ... Best line
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  • This House which cost us to find even a thousand times we had gone there, has not only a cat but two. It should be a symbol of Riga at stores had magnets of kittens, jars with the black cat, etc, etc. Okay and is a stroll is curious.
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