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The Cat's House, Riga

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • Riga is a treasure trove of Art Noveau architecture, with 750 protected buildings in the style. But even if you have seen scores of them beforehand, you will still be surprised and delighted by the Ca...  more »
  • If you do not know that it is there you will need to look for it- just need to raise your head and you will see it. By the way there are 2 cats  more »
  • ...There was a bit of a feud between business men and the cats bottoms were originally pointed towards the oppositions buildings as a bit of a middle finger! The building is very unusual, being mustar...  more »
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  • A house with cats on it. Why? Because a rich guy was denied the membership in the guild. So - as a protest - he put sculptures of cats on his house with their a** facing to the parliament. The story is much funnier than the house...
  • A very upscale restaurant - value for money.
  • very tasty food.. good service. .. what else ??!!! must try !!!!!
  • Good food but terrible service where only one person was given cutlery and a napkin and we had to ask twice before the other person got any.
  • Good food, good service, reasonable prices