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House of Blackheads

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Address: Kalku iela 1, Riga 1050, Latvia
Phone Number: 371 7044300
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One of the most magnificent buildings in Town Hall Square is the House of...

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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Lovely building

Lovely building which houses the Tourist Information on the ground floor. Opposite the Town Hall in a small seated square. Streets are not wheelchair friendly though.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
lynda b
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely building which houses the Tourist Information on the ground floor. Opposite the Town Hall in a small seated square. Streets are not wheelchair friendly though.

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What's interesting about this place is that it's been rebuilt about 15 years ago. Looking at it you wouldn't know that.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In Latvian, House of Blackheads is Melngalvju nams. Adjacent to Riga Town Hall Square, this imposing building was originally constructed in the early 1300s for Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. Destroyed by Nazis in 1941, the remains were razed by Soviets in 1948. Reconstructed replica erected from 1995 to 1999. Knowing that Latvians chose... More 

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Leamington Spa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is opposite the Town Hall, and is very historic as it dates back to the 14th Century. It is also very impressive, having been lovingly restored in 1999. The weather vanes, statues and paintings are all very impressive.

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Thank ederyn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From its name we were attracted to visit. It is a nice building located in the old town. My advice is just to wait for the bell chimes for some lovely melodies.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful and very photogenic building. To bad we cannot get inside now. It is easy to find and very memorable.

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Marsta, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We passed this building by night and it was very nicely lit up. We only saw it from the outside. Looks fine during daytime but more cool during night time.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The House of Blackheads is presently utilized as the Information Center. The exterior has all the grandest of the House however no further supporting in detail of the story of the past guild of the Brotherhood. For the limited information received on this attraction, we are uncertain whether the memory of the past brotherhood is being low profiled or even... More 

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Thank Charn P
Jerusalem District, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

in the center of the old twon of riga,its the blackheads house,site of the president of riga until this month, beatiful and colour picture

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an unusual and picturesque building. Make sure you pass through during the day and evening to see it in all its glory. A really interesting story behind the history of the Blackheads too, situated in the Ratslaukums Square, it's full of character that makes up the old town charm.

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