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Address: 1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035 , Latvia
Phone Number: 371 7044300
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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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I agree with one reviewer that the House of Black Heads and adjacent Schwab House (built in 1891 to complement its neighbour) is a bit 'over the top'; nevertheless, the history is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I agree with one reviewer that the House of Black Heads and adjacent Schwab House (built in 1891 to complement its neighbour) is a bit 'over the top'; nevertheless, the history is interesting. Built in 1334 for the city's guilds, the building was eventually occupied solely by the Blackheads, a guild of unmarried foreign merchants know for their wild parties.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This attractive and unusual looking building is on the Town Hall Square in Riga. I understand there is a museum inside although it is closed for renovation in 2015. The outside alone though is one of the things you should see whilst in the city. It is located centrally so easy to get to and included on any tour of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is the rebuilt Blackbeards Hall. It is well located in front of the town hall and is highly photogenic with an amazing astronomical clock. Unfortunately you can not enter it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The House of Blackheads on the town hall square is one of the main attractions of Riga. The ornamental facade is really worth seeing even though you cannot have access inside the house.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

While Riga really is a charming and easygoing place, some of its buildings are just over the top. This is one of them. The reconstruction made it look like an old lady after the 10th facelifting. Just too much too bad, or in other words: Less would be much more. Still a must see when in Riga.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Young musicians played classic music- it was nice, but some strange persons were also there - disliked.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It were two nice, pretty buildings near the bridges. There were a lot of people, it was nice but a little bit overrated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Although you can't get into the House of Blackheads currently, I loved the exterior of this building! Although rebuilt after being destroyed, it is still a stunning building. The highlight of Riga for me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The original building was destroyed during WWII (I think), and as rebuilt for Riga's recent 800th anniversary. It's gorgeous! There's a tourist information center and a pretty good restaurant nextdoor, several historic churches and monuments nearby, and the Occupation Museum (definitely worth a visit) across the square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Tourist information center is located on this building. Pretty , an old church is also located nearby.

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Address: 1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035, Latvia
Phone Number: 371 7044300
Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga

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