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House of Blackheads

1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035 , Latvia
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Ranked #12 of 89 Attractions in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

There are many old historic buildings in old town Riga. This is another one of them. It is distinguished by the history of the guild to which it belonged. The building is very interesting from the architectural point of view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

this is a very impressive building right in the centre of old riga it is a must visit it is easy to find, there are many cafes around the area and other places of interest

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The angle of the sun is such that in the afternoon it is difficult to take good photos. Still a very pretty building, but probably better when the sun is shining on it rather than behind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

this is one of the buildings japanese tourists have to have after visiting Riga! But for me still a beautiful building!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Well, this is definitely the place for those who'd love to look a couple of centuries back in the architectonic history of Latvia. A lot of German influence, besides in brand new shape! The place for many official venues (incl. political)!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A lovely great building with a nice history. Check the extremely ornate facade of an originally-built edifice in the 14th century and after being destroyed a few times, has now been rebuilt accordingly with the original blueprints.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you are walking past definitely have a look at the lovely building but not worth going out of your way for

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is closed at present but the outside of the building itself is stunning. The leaflets obtained in the Tourist Info give you the history of the building and the reason for its closure at present.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Brotherhood of Blackheads was a guild of unmarried German merchants living in Riga. The origin of the term "Blackheads" comes from their patron saint, black Egyptian Saint Mauritius. The building was erected in late 14th century and major changes and ornamentation done in 1580 and 1886. The building was destroyed by the Germans in 1941 and totally reconstructed during... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Despite the weird name, it actually used to be a merchants' guild. The building is not just restored. It was totally destroyed during the World War II, and later re- built. It is worth seeing, and, as it is in the centre of Old Riga, you don't need a special trip to take a picture of it - you will... More

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