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The Cat's 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 The Cat's 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. The Cat's House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Riga Edition.
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  • Interesting building and architecture. What has been learned about this building, this building was built by one of the richest merchants of that time, next to the main Guild in retaliation to the fact that it did not take their advice. Cats were first deployed back to the building where the high society met at that time.
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  • This beautiful house with an interesting history that will gladly tell themselves Rīga and jekskursavody. Located on the most beautiful square in the heart of the old town, near the Duomo.
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  • Cute cats on the roof. But interesting when I saw it know merchants could not join the Guild for revenge towards the butt Guild Hall and installed again. It is a beautiful building. Take a look at history, feeling look.
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  • Great beer, great food, great service. 5 star facilities at 2 star prices.
  • Great building, funny story)
  • It's a house with a cat on the roof, that about sums it up. Nothing special.
  • Good builder
  • Ho stampy my favorite thing to do is building