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“Big yellow house adorned by two black cats.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cat House

Cat House
Meistaru 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Ranked #45 of 147 things to do in Riga
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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.
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“Big yellow house adorned by two black cats.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

You will be bound to come across the cat house whilst strolling round Riga. It is the big yellow one on one corner of a square with a couple of cats on the roof and a couple of restaurants at street level. Nothing particularly exciting about the house or it's architecture but the story behind the cats is amusing. The house is in close proximity to the Great Guild and Little Guild and the hierarchy upset the merchant who lived in the big yellow house. So he had a couple of cat figures put on two conical towers and faced their backsides towards the Great Guild and the Little Guild. This upset the hierarchy but there was nothing they could do about it, but it should be noted the cats actually face the GG and LG now. There are numerous tacky ornaments, clothes and fridge magnets on sale around Riga bearing some sort of effigy of the black cats..

Visited April 2014
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“It's a house... with a cat on...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I was a little underwhelmed by this house. I think I expected it to be standing alone looking special, but it is just another house that happens to have a couple of cats on the roof. It is a funny story about the cats and we did walk by, but nothing special.

Visited February 2014
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“Cat That Sends a Message”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the black cat on the roof since the story about how it came to be up there gave me a chuckle. Apparently, the House of Blackheads was a guild from which one applicant's membership was excluded. Consequently, he had a black cat mounted on the roof of his house. The cat has an arched back and upright tail. The tail end of the cat faces the guild hall. Do I need to say more?

Visited May 2013
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“Not much to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Only for some pictures.. nice building.. In the center of the old city ao it is unlikely that you will see it.

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“What the name said.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Basically a house with a cat on the top. If you zoom in you can notice that the cat looks angry and the myth say that some guy put it there as the revenge his rejection of joining some powerful guild. Its not something spectacular, but you will soon notice the cat symbol is famous in riga and i think its worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Visited October 2013
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