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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...more
Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A building in known for its cat sculptures with their tails raised and facing the Great Guild. It’s said that the owner of the ‘Cat House’ held a grudge against the guild members as he was denied membership. Quite a funny story 🙂

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank shannonp0909
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a quck stop and photo op while touring old town Riga. The story of the builder and the cats on the roof was fun. Since this is a Riga landmark, it is definitely worth a stop.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Magnolia13
Reviewed March 12, 2019

This stunning building is located next to Livu Square. It was built in 1909. The building has beautiful Art Nouveau decorations. Also, there are two copper statues of angry-looking cats with arched backs and raised tails on the roof.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mikael F
Reviewed February 16, 2019 via mobile

But nothing more I’m afraid. I went with a cat woman that had this house on her bucket list. Filler.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank djalpha
Reviewed February 5, 2019

The building is styled as medieval architecture with Angry-looking cat on turret rooftop, all these plus the story behind makes this building as a Must see of Riga even for short visitor

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank shiraziwine
Reviewed January 2, 2019

I love the idea of making a whole building as a insolent gesture to the powerful guilds. The story is fascinating the architecture clever. As a member of a guild the Worshipful Company of Smiths of Lichfield founded in the 12th Century ( and still...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael O
Reviewed December 12, 2018

In the square near by was a little christmas market, and purely by chance, and looking up we saw the cat on the building roof. We did not actually go into the building so it would be unfair the comment further

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kelmci
Reviewed December 8, 2018

Walking through the cobbbled side streets in Old Town it’s fantastic is see the various architecture and of a very high standard of cleanliness

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristy-Lee D
Reviewed November 12, 2018

The tails of the cats where placed in positions to be a strategic slam against the nearby house of the Great Guild who wouldn't allow the owner of the cat house into membership. His revenge was in the position of the cats until they allowed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alexa8776
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

The building itself is one of many architecturally attractive buildings in and around the old town. The two cats on the roof are distinctive and of course have a legend attached to them. There seem to be two versions so it’s a case of take...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MartinRHor
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