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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
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Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed yesterday

A building in the old town Riga with an interesting history :) one of the few things to see in old town.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank alpkorhan
Reviewed yesterday

The building, from early 1900s, is regarded as an example of Riga's Art Nouveau architecture. It was owned by a wealthy Latvian trader, who, out of resentment at the local guild for not admitting him, placed the expressive cat figures on the roof of his...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nitvoyodelo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Viewing the original cat is not as big an event as the story behind it and the cat is eponymous with the city. Love the story... love the cat

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SimonGC68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting history as to how it came to be....worth the walk by and hearing the history. I?t's on the free walking tour and was on the Art Nouveau tour as well.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 1968TR250
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

Okay so there’s not a lot to see here and the building is a little restricted by other close by buildings but it’s an interesting story and those kitties are charming! Nice for a photo op as you wander the cobbled streets of Old Riga

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NicciP816
Reviewed October 2, 2019

It is nice to see Cat of top of the roof there are a few there Riga was a very nice place to stop the Architecture is great

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank GinDub
Reviewed September 15, 2019

so ita a big house with a cat on top, i only found it due to a tour guide as i walked past many times, dont get why people get excited, much nicer buildings around the place

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank michellefisher2002
Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

I don’t know why but when people talked about the cat house I expected more than just a little cat on the roof. I did like the folk law story that our tour guide told us about it though.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank manc_emm
Reviewed September 5, 2019

A 5 minute activity. It was pointed out to me when on the free walking tour. The owner of the building was refused admittance to one of the city's guilds and to show his displeasure had sculptures of 2 cats erected atop of his building,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank martyncymro
Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

Riga cat house is fun, relatively unique, has a good story and is easy to photograph from several angles.

Date of experience: September 2019
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