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“Historical must see spot!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of House of Blackheads

House of Blackheads
1 Kalku iela, Riga LV-1035 , Latvia
371 7044300
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Ranked #8 of 79 Attractions in Riga
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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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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“Historical must see spot!”
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)!

Visited April 2014
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“House of the Blackheads”
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.

Visited August 2014
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“Ok”
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

Visited May 2014
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“Attractive exterior”
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.

Visited August 2014
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“Spectacular...”
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 1995 to 1999 following Latvia's independence.
PS. It's not open to the public.

Visited July 2014
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