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“All part of history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cat House

Cat House
Meistaru 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Ranked #28 of 79 Attractions in Riga
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: The story behind this unique architecture tells of its Latvian owner who was denied membership in the powerful Great Guild; to show his displeasure, he built two cat sculptures on his roof with their backsides facing the Guild and their tails straight up to finish the insult.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“All part of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The most wonderful part of a trip it Riga is walking its history and letting its buildings tell their story. The Cat House tells a tale of human nature that is as fresh and true today as it was then. I would definitely include a walk-by.

Visited May 2013
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Bathurst, Australia
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“Nice area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The Cat House is a building with a cat on the roof. Bit of a historical story with it. It is in a nice area, lovely square very nearby with a lot of places to eat of have a coffee. If you are visiting the Old Town Square you won't miss it.

Visited April 2013
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Tallinn, Estonia
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“Cute”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great for "I've been in Riga" photos but max. 2 minutes is all that's needed for this visit unless you want to sit in a restaurant.

Visited May 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Revenge of the Cat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Interesting story. The Nobleman's Guild house was exclusively only for noblemen and across was the house for the Craftman's Guild. A very rich craftman wanted to be included inthe Nobleman's Guild. The Nobleman's guild told him that in order to be part of their guild, he has to build a big house in the old town. He did build a big house near the Nobleman's Guild house, but the Nobleman's Guild turned him down anyway.
In revenge, the wealthy craftman, put a metal shaped black cat with its tail up and faced its behind towards the Nobleman's Guild house as if in the act of pooing - a sign of revenge.
Now the cat is turned around and is facing the Nobleman's Guild house.

Visited April 2013
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Finland
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

house, history of the house is quite funny. I did not noticed if there was any sing that told about the house, you must read it somewhere else.

Visited September 2012
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