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House of Blackheads

Address: 1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035 , Latvia
Phone Number: 371 7044300
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Ranked #8 of 79 Attractions in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
Owner description: One of the most magnificent buildings in Town Hall Square is the House of Blackheads (circa 1334...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
Owner description: One of the most magnificent buildings in Town Hall Square is the House of Blackheads (circa 1334 and rebuilt in 1995-99), which once hosted a brotherhood of foreign merchants and now serves as both a museum and concert hall.

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Wien
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

its one of those sights that you pass by anyway, its not really necessary to go there if you are not in the surroundins.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

You have to see it.It is the most beautiful sightseeing spot in Riga.In front of it stands the city hall which is also very nice.

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Sligo, Ireland
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

The Architecture is fabulous! I do not think you can go inside, but it is worth picture and visit. I liked the way how it is near the centre though the small streets are like a maze!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

One of the architectural treasures of Riga. Its renaissance façade dominates Town Hall square. It was built in 1344 and housed then members of merchants guilds.Totally destroyed in World War II was rebuilt in the 1990's. The main Tourist Information Centre is just "next door". Most walking city tours depart from here. Don´t loose it!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The House of Blackheads is one of the architectural treasures of Riga. Its towering Dutch renaissance façade dominates Town Hall square and looks particularly good when floodlit after dark. It was originally built in 1344 and housed members of merchants guilds. Beside it is the equally elaborate Schwab House dating to the 19th C. Both were totally destroyed in WW2... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This was constructed by the city authorities in the early 14th Cent. as a Gothic Building to which subsequently an “extension”, better described as a “protrusion”, with a façade in the Dutch Renaissance style was added. Facing it from a distance ( as well as in photographs), it gives the illusion of being two quite distinct structures. It is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It is a must visit place in Riga. Especially beautiful in the evening. Other tourist attraction places are near, so you can visit it all at once.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It looks like gingerbread house. Stays right the opposite to House of Parliament. Temporary used as place for Mayor of Riga.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

beautiful at night= a must see and if you are in old riga you really cannot miss it.- read the history of the blackheads and it makes it even that much more interesting. -

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It is a wonder to see things preserved and restored to former beauty. We come from a culture that worships youth and what is new. I am old and I wear shoes that are 15 years old. If you buy classics and take care of them they can be enjoyed for many years. If we subscribe to "highest and best... More 

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