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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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Quirky and Fun

Whoever commissioned and designed this Building must have had a great sense of humour. One of the easier Art Nouveau style buildings to find in the Old part of the Town.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whoever commissioned and designed this Building must have had a great sense of humour. One of the easier Art Nouveau style buildings to find in the Old part of the Town.

Thank BobandJosie
Epinay-sur-Orge, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of a series of nicely decorated houses in Riga's old town. You'll be hard pressed to miss it. Read up on the legend of the cats on Wikipedia.

Thank Vijgeblad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide told us the story of this building. I don't want to give it away, so either look it up or ask someone in Riga. Love the sense of Latvian humor!

Thank mjm341
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history is interesting and amusing bust blink and you will miss it! Quite hard to find but it's part of the history so take a look of you are there.

Thank Blissdog
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building is named as there are 2 cats perched on top on either side. It is one of the monuments to see as part of the walking tour of old town. Its an old well maintained building. There is nothing to see inside, This is adjoining a large square which sometimes holds a flea market. It was interesting.

Thank Priya_T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two cats on top of the building form an interesting interactive posture. It was a very nice humor if you know the history of it.

Thank Yali L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The house is at the west side of a well known square. I like it, except the below restaurant andgazino. I would prefer that the whole building should be keept as original.

Thank 65Zafer
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Great piece of history - with a cat perched up on the roof. Great for photographers and lots of cobbled street to amuse.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

I takes sum time before you understand way its called the cat house. Then you see some small cats and you don't understan why this is an attraction! Don't bather go here.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Being lovers of all things cats, we had to see this building. Our guide told us an interesting story of how the cats came to be. Apparently the builder/architect had a disagreement (was shunned) with his guild. As a result, when he placed the cats on the roof there nether regions, are pointing at the guild in question, a light... More 

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