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Cat House

Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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The story behind this unique architecture tells of its Latvian owner who was denied membership in the powerful Great Guild; to show his displeasure, he built two cat sculptures on his roof with their backsides facing the Guild and their tails straight up to finish the insult.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average24%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“funny story” (10 reviews)
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The cat is a topical attraction on the roof with a nice story about a merchant that was not invited to join a guild in retaliation he fixed this cat weather vane marking his territory which annoyed the guild,they came to an arrangement that he...More

Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not necessary the most decorative art nouveau building in old town. The story behind what direction the cat was facing made this a tourist stop for photography.

Thank FYL003
Reviewed 5 days ago

Located in Old Town, this house has an interesting story The owner was a self made man that could not join the local aristocracy at Guild. He built this house and pointed the cats butt at the guild. Eventually he was admitted to the Guild...More

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Cat House. It is one of Riga's most singular buildings...More

Thank Raymond W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank 611,963
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...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 mustard in colour and the cone tops, which are typically eastern...More

Thank GreekBouflets
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love cats, you must see this house. The black cats up on the rooftops look lovely with blue sky as a backround. Knowing the stories why the cats are there makes the sight more interesting. The house itself is also lovely. The War...More

Thank Henna P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whoever commissioned and designed this Building must have had a great sense of humour. One of the easier Art Nouveau style buildings to find in the Old part of the Town.

Thank BobandJosie
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is one of a series of nicely decorated houses in Riga's old town. You'll be hard pressed to miss it. Read up on the legend of the cats on Wikipedia.

Thank Vijgeblad
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Our guide told us the story of this building. I don't want to give it away, so either look it up or ask someone in Riga. Love the sense of Latvian humor!

Thank mjm341
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