Furry Felines in Riga
Last winter when we moved here, I remember seeing cats sit on the hoods of black cars parked near our flat. At the time, I didn't think much of it, but I bet that the hoods were warm yet, hence the perfect spot to take a nap.
|Wandering the streets|
|Hiding in plain sight|
The most famous cat-related thing in Riga, however, is a building that is known as the "Cat House." This particular building has a very interesting story connected with it.
This building was built in the early 20th Century by a wealthy Latvian merchant. The legend around this building portrays a man who wanted to join the Great Guild in Riga which was run by the German traders. The Germans refused him membership in the guild, so the Latvian merchant plotted his revenge.
|Cat on a pinnacle|
The legend goes on to say that the guild was so upset by having the cat butts pointed their direction that they took the man to court. The court's final decision was that if the merchant would turn the cat sculptures around so that the cats faced the Guild Hall, he would be allowed to join the Great Guild of Riga.
|Tail pointed away from the Guild Hall|
To this day, this building is still known for the two cats sitting on the front corners of the building. Tourists are told this story over and over again.
If only all of our political squabbles could be solved so easily.
Information taken from Story of Riga Black Cat House