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Cat House

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Address: Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050, Latvia

The story behind this unique architecture tells of its Latvian owner who...

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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A weird attraction, its a cat on a roof, it is intriguing and therefore it is worth popping by whilst in the old town!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Lee F
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A weird attraction, its a cat on a roof, it is intriguing and therefore it is worth popping by whilst in the old town!

Thank Lee F
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A custard coloured building with 2 black cat statues sitting atop it. The story goes that the house was built by a tradesman who was so incensed at getting rejected by the local tradesman guild that he built the cats with their bums facing towards the guild. That's just the kind of pettiness you've got to admire, right?

Thank Chelsea B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to see this and loved the architecture of the building, the building is a restaurant now and looks out onto a square surrouded by stunning architecture. worth a visit

Thank GillyKD
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cats at the top of the house were originally placed with their tails (backsides) towards the merchants guild as they wouldn't let the Cat house owner join as a sign of his displeasure but once they let him in he had them turned round to there present position.

Thank Bill D
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, the cats are quite nice when you crane your neck up to see them and its a nice building....but really? a tourist attraction!!??

1 Thank angieraven
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

If you are walking pass then see it otherwise I don't really know what the fuss is about . Funny story but nothing to see except 2 cat statues on top of a yellow building... Looked everywhere to find it , waste of time for us as there's much more interesting things to see / do . But as I... More 

Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This cat house is located in the Old town of Riga and it is within walking distance from major attractions. A must see for tourist.

Thank kiltmaker2
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

walking around riga old town you come across the cat house , what is the cat house , why are there two cats on the roof and have they always faced that way , take a tour and find out why it is fun

Thank j2tatum
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

You can easily miss this building by noticing the casino neon signs, but then you notice the cats, good history!!

Thank Mel J
Lidingo, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Well apart from the iconic cat on the roof and the story behind it, there's actually nothing to see there. But it's located in the Old Town, so it's alright to see it on your way to another place.

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