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House of the Black Heads, Riga

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Historic Site · Architectural Building
Discover why House of the Black Heads used to be called the "grandest adornment of Riga." You can see carvings, reliefs, and embedded statues on its facade, then head for the arched entrance flanked by a virgin and child, plus the patron saint himself. The city built this house in the 14th century as a meeting venue for different social organizations. In the 17th century, its sole occupants were the Brotherhood of Blackheads--a guild of unmarried German merchants. Nazi Germans and Soviets destroyed the building during and after World War II, but it was completely restored in 1999. Notice the portal engraving, which states, "Should you ever see me falling, raise me up, 'tis your calling." A visit to House of the Black Heads represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Riga holiday planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • Overwhelming building, definately catches the eye of the traveller, you just HAVE to photographe yourself infront of it!  more »
  • Everything that can define a Rigan is shown with this building. They have been oppressed so many times but their resolve and determination is part of the rebuilding of this fantastic structure and...  more »
  • Beautiful, friendly, inviting place - my imagination created lots of short movies in my head about the history of this building thanks so many details seen there. Everything is very clean and neatly decorated. Staff is very nice and friendly. Entrance price is ok too.
  • The museum tells the story of the Black Heads elegantly. If you're interested in historical artifacts and antique, don't expect to find any of that here though. The whole building and interior was recreated in 1999.

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