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“Quirky but not amazing”
Review of Cat House

Cat House
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US$9.96*
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Private Walking Tour of Riga Old Town
Ranked #44 of 311 things to do in Riga
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 July 2014

My friends and I just got a map from the tourist shop and found our own way around, which wasn't difficult. You basically just pass this by - it's not amazing but it's a quirky kind of thing to see while you make your way around elsewhere.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

If you know the story behind - it is really keen to see those black cats. But sometimes it appears, that you have already visited them without even knowing - when I decided to find this house, map showed, that I had passed that building several times already.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

interesting house followed up with intriguing story. located in the old part near the Powder Tower and St.Peter's Church.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

I was a little underwhelmed by this house. I think I expected it to be standing alone looking special, but it is just another house that happens to have a couple of cats on the roof. It is a funny story about the cats and we did walk by, but nothing special.

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Reviewed 31 January 2014

I enjoyed seeing the black cat on the roof since the story about how it came to be up there gave me a chuckle. Apparently, the House of Blackheads was a guild from which one applicant's membership was excluded. Consequently, he had a black cat mounted on the roof of his house. The cat has an arched back and upright tail. The tail end of the cat faces the guild hall. Do I need to say more?

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