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Cat House, Riga

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If you're wondering how cats became an unofficial symbol and landmark of the city, spend some time at Cat House. Here, the sculptures of two angry-looking cats perch on twin medieval turrets. The cats' posteriors were originally turned toward the building of the Great Guild. Legend has it that the owner of the house put up the cats as the act of revenge because the guild refused to approve his membership. He was admitted to the guild after a lengthy court battle, but he was forced to turn the cats' posteriors the other way. Architect Friedrich Scheffel designed the house in 1909. Notice how the medieval design merges with some elements of Art Nouveau on its elaborate portal. Cat House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • We were surprised to see the cat perched on the top of a fairly important building in central Riga. The story goes that the merchant who owned the building was refused permission to join the... 
    We were surprised to see the cat perched on the top of a fairly important building in central Riga. The story goes that the merchant who owned the building was refused permission to join the...  more »
  • very nice idea - great story behind... middle of centre - to find is easy - to enjoy the two cats on top of the roof ! 
    very nice idea - great story behind... middle of centre - to find is easy - to enjoy the two cats on top of the roof !  more »
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