Cat House

Old Rīga

The spooked black cats mounted on the turrets of this 1909 art nouveau–influenced building have become symbols of Rīga and Instagram stars. On any tour, you'll likely hear a tale about how the building's owner had the cats' butts aimed at the neighbouring Great Guild across the street after he was rejected for membership. The tale is completely false but thanks to guides in need of a good story it now has nine lives.

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