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Address: 1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035 , Latvia
Phone Number: 371 7044300
Description: One of the most magnificent buildings in Town Hall Square is the House of...
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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Unique building, interesting history

This building is fun and stands out in the city from the other styles of architecture. While I didn't go inside it, it was fun to hear the history of why it is called Blackheads... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Cliffe Woods, Kent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is a great building to see and must be one of the most photographed in the Old City. Much has had to be rebuilt in recent times after being bombed in World War 11. It is worth reading up on its origins and history. Hopefully it will be re-opened to the public soon.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This building is fun and stands out in the city from the other styles of architecture. While I didn't go inside it, it was fun to hear the history of why it is called Blackheads and how the building is currently used. Absolutely check it out if you're in Old Town, Riga.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It's a beautiful building and a must see in Riga, especially when you get to know the history of it. Quite disappointing was that you can't go inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very nice building, and as others have mentioned, slightly spoilt by the concrete structure next door

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Dublin, Ireland
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a must visit in old town Riga. The building is very nicely restored and well worth a view. The tourist information office is in the same building. The square is very nice and there are coffee shops on every corner.

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Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

There sure are a lot of other very important historical buildings in Riga, but this is my favourite. It is so sad that it was destroyed during the WWII, but recently reconstructed, it stands as the most beautiful building in Riga, in my opinion.

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It is an amazing building to look at from the outside. Rebuilt only in the last 20 or so years. Was totally destroyed in WW2. We didnt get to see the inside which was disappointing. The President is living there at the moment as the Castle is being renovated.

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Stafford, Great Britain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The House of Blackheads is one of the most famous buildings in Riga... but as the last reviewer has said, it is closed to the piblic, and has no information about it on posters nearby. It is sadly adjacent to what must be the ugliest building in Riga, the Museum of the Occupation, which is carefully omitted from all the... More 

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Accrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We went to see this based on reviews on TripAdvisor. Yes, it's a pretty building, buts that's about it. You can't go inside and we didn't see any information nearby about the place either.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This place shouldn't be missed on any trip to Riga! We went back to view it at night, also. Although it has been rebuilt, it's still amazing.

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