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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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  • Seeing this famous cat anywhere in the stores will definitely want to go see it and search for it to the center of town!! Curious about the story behind it. I advise you to read it and go in the square where the building to see this famous black cat on top of the roof of the House!! Particular and beautiful!!
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  • I found the building house cats there, so, why don't you go for small cat is perched on the roof. It was a cute cat. When you discover a pretty small cat, so I was happy.
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  • The story is very sweet & the cats are an interesting local roof line; it is worth seeking the building out to just see it for yourself .... 
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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