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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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Ratslaukums 7, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately, this beautifully restored building was closed, so unable to see inside. The lowered level housed one of many amber shops in the city, the upper areas superb with inlaid statues and on the top several metalwork spires, above lovely red masonry. Depicted as built...More

Thank MadDocNI
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the little known secrets of this gem in the main square is the 5-D movie shown in the back side of the House of the Blackheads Guild. The movie is a well-made overview of the city and its history, and the added sensory...More

1  Thank Holly A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth a visit as in the sellers you have articles going back hundreds of years. It also gives you the history of the blackheads. Upstairs you have enormous entertainment rooms with beautifully painted ceilings

1  Thank Ross B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an entirely modern (expensive) reconstruction though ancient foundations are visible too. Entry fee is fine. Upper floor is very grand with chandeliers etc. The original was C14. There are some museum exhibits. Apparently the custom of decorating Christmas trees originated here

1  Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The whole tour has English and Latvian explaining everything. Saw a tour going on, but we did our own and it was fantastic! Our teen daughter enjoyed it, as well. Go early if you can before it gets too crowded.

1  Thank Lovestotravel_8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building is great to visit during the day and at night. It is located right in old town so it’s easy to find in the town hall square. There is usually always some street performers outside of the building and the lights at night...More

Thank Brad B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-visit attraction - even though the building is a reconstruction The interior is beautiful and full of character, and its location in the middle of the main square makes it easy to find.

1  Thank MoiAli
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Admire this beautiful building from outside and then go inside. You will see the historic cellar, a museum, and the assembly hall. A medieval treasure that has been lovingly rebuilt.

1  Thank Robert D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The House of the Blackheads was constructed in the 14th Century as a guild for unmarried merchants - it served as home, meeting place and centre for business. It was extensively destroyed in WWII and demolished, all except for the cellars. Rebuilt as an exact...More

1  Thank VirgoLady19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A striking building with much history, originally built in 1344 as the meeting place of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads. Destroyed in the 1940's firstly by the Germans and later by the Russians and rebuilt in 2001. This Brotherhood was an association of local unmarried...More

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