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House Of The Black Heads, Riga

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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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  • Absolutely stunning building to visit, also provides good insight into the history of Riga. We spent around 1 hour visiting all during low season (i.e. no waiting times), definitely worth the... 
    Absolutely stunning building to visit, also provides good insight into the history of Riga. We spent around 1 hour visiting all during low season (i.e. no waiting times), definitely worth the...  more »
  • We spent a couple of hours visiting this museum and found it quite interesting. Unfortunately the buiding was completely destroyed during WW2 and has had to be rebuilt. The Latvian authorities... 
    We spent a couple of hours visiting this museum and found it quite interesting. Unfortunately the buiding was completely destroyed during WW2 and has had to be rebuilt. The Latvian authorities...  more »
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  • What a cool place! The story behind it is super great. And don't forget to visit the gift shop, they have cool stuff but the best is the people there! 5/5
  • Definitely worth a visit. It was completely rebuilt when Latvia regained independence, but old pictures and drawings were used to make it look like original. Basement exposition will be interesting for kids also.

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