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The Cat's House, Riga

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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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  • This building is beautiful for those who love architecture It has a restaurant which we didn't dine at but spent quite a long time photographing this building from every angle. 
  • I used this building as a landmark to where I was going. It is an interesting building. The cays were turned around after a man was exiled from the Guild. After he was eventually admitted, the cats we...  read more »
  • Took us a while to find. It's actually very central. A lot smaller than you would think. Good photo opp. 
  • Great beer, great food, great service. 5 star facilities at 2 star prices.
  • Ho stampy my favorite thing to do is building
  • Disappointing
  • Good builder
  • Great service
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