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“Cat on a house.”
Review of Cat House

Cat House
Ranked #35 of 262 things to do in Riga
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

There's not much to see but it's worth finding the building just to see the cats on top. We read online about the history behind the cats and found it quite interesting.

Thank MissL219
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"yellow building"
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"nice story"
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"rear end"
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"guild hall"
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"old town"
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"blue sky"
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"pretty building"
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"art nouveau building"
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"lovely square"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Worth finding this building just for the cats. Funny because of the historic story. Located in the centre of the Old Town and not hard to find.

Thank Livalambchop
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

On many buildings one should look up to spot some extra on turrets of the old buildings.
This one sports cats,
Certainly different.

Thank Gordon B
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Following a dispute with the guilds across the street, this homeowner decided to install these two cat figures on the tops of the two turrets of the house. However, in fun or some passive-aggressive moment, he had them installed with their rear ends towards the guild halls which certainly provoked a disagreement. In the end, he had to have workman turn the figures around so that their heads would face the guild halls. The house is centrally located in old Riga and can easily be included on a stroll through old town.

Thank 2CAtravelers
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

For me, each city has iconic architecture. Riga is defined by this building.. I recommend this for visitors

Thank Rich G
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