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House of Blackheads

1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035 , Latvia
371 7044300
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Ranked #8 of 77 attractions in Riga
Type: Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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St Neots, Cambs
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167 reviews 167 reviews
100 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

A photo of the outside is all you will get as the H of B is closed until December 2015 as the President is living there whilst the Castle, his normal place of residence, is being renovated. (The castle and museums are closed too). It is still worth seeing the building, though, as the architecture is amazing, albeit that it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
90 attraction reviews
420 helpful votes 420 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We saw it from outside as it was closed, The building has interesting architecture, there were large number of people outside the building holding a meeting, it was just before Christmas. It is still worthwhile to see it it from outside if you are in Riga.

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Very beautiful building. Dun tell ppl to came to Riga, untill you saw these beautiful buildings. Vr unique architect.

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Monterey, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
24 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Was told it now is the Presidential office so cannot visit. Disappointing. Lovely and interesting on the outside. Historic building in many ways and now even moreso.

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Minsk, Belarus
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Interesting story about the name, people and history, beautiful building. One of symbols of Riga in the ehart of the old city.

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I visited Riga in July 2011 and the main reason was to see the magnificent house of Blackheads. It is a reconstruction following devastation during the second world war. The sumptuous interior and treasury is well worth seeing, and look in the basement for details of reconstruction and the remains of the original. Make sure you see it by day... More

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Arnside, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful by day or night. These buildings were badly damaged and were rebuilt. A further attraction was a winter festival on Saturday 15th Feb, which involved much dressing up by locals, noise and general weirdness.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Excellent building in the heart of Old Town Riga, latvia. lot of histry wiht the House of the Balckheads. read up on it on wiki first so you fully undertsand it.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is not the original building but a reproduction. Still very beautiful and still feels historic. Must be most photographed place in Riga.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We tried to visit but were told by the Tourist Information the building was closed for renovation... for 3 years!!!!

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