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The Cat's House, Riga
(4/5 based on 440+ 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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  • I was wandering around Old Riga and was attracted by a cat on a roof. I liked the idea and two figurines did look interesting against the cloudy October sky that day. Later I found out that it was 'th...  more »
  • The story behind the building is funny, but it's not much more than a building with two black cats on top. 
  • A beautiful silhouette of cat perched at the top of a roof fits well into the beautiful together this square. pleasant fun to watch when we made the circuit advised on the plans but not worth to her visit.
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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