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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 143 things to do in Riga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & 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, Sights & 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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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

The House of the Blackheads, as well as the Town Hall Square, has been rebuilt (several times; the last one after World War II) over the centuries. It was named like that after the execution by decapitation of one of the leaders of the traders association which occupied the building. It is probably the most beautiful building in Riga. When... More 

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

worth visiting, beautiful colorful building with a big square in from of it and a statue in the middle

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Wroclaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

A very nice place which is well known in the whole city so it's a very good meeting place ;) except of this it's the most beautiful place.

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Bristol, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

As we visited at Christmas, we were lucky enough to have snow. The buildings around the House of Blackheads were lit up and looked fabulous. They are also lovelyin the daylight.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A key landmark in the Old City. The house has been rebuilt as it was destroyed in the war. Currently in use as the Presidential Residence - But still worth seeing the facade : impressive at night when floodlit.

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Wien
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

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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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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