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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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  • The story of the cat on the roof is funnier than the House, which - measured one on many others in Riga's old town - not the most beautiful. Now she looks so on the Guild House... The live course, which begins right there is nice. There you can settle down and still watch the cat in addition to hundreds passers-by :-)
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  • The story that cats are where they are, don't want to reveal it, the reader in finding out it is entertaining. I did not understand it very well... Anyway do not worry, because the Mediterranean have much to do with barbaric peoples as the Vietnamese or the Congolese people. Said this, the building is really nice, without more. A light touch of modernist and already is. But well, it is worth to see it.
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  • The House was built in 1909 attracts two cats on the conical roofs and gives work guides Riga that tell tourists the tongue-in-cheek story of a rich kuptse, which, being banished from the Guild, launched cats back to the House of the Guild. However, it is the ambiguous posture cats breeds and different version. The fact of the matter is that in this position not only cats defecate, but and are preparing to attack. The message is addressed to a competitor who has lived in the House of merchant 12-14 Skunu Street. The Tower erected in retaliation. On this roof decoration stuff finished-otherwise we would be playing on the roofs of Riga a zoo. Opposite the cat's house down the street Meistaru stands a House that used Tatyana Lioznova's movie "17 moments of spring". He played the role of the Museum of natural history, where Stirlitz met with agents.
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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