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House Of The Black Heads, Riga

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Architectural Building · Specialty Museum
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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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  • Well kept and informative. One hour visit with a good ticket price balance. It's the kind of place you can visit even on a very short holiday in town. 
    Well kept and informative. One hour visit with a good ticket price balance. It's the kind of place you can visit even on a very short holiday in town.  more »
  • Very close to the bridge and the Daugava river. Restaurants are also very close by. Its a beautiful building. 
    Very close to the bridge and the Daugava river. Restaurants are also very close by. Its a beautiful building.  more »
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  • The most iconic building in all of Latvia! Once a merchant guild for unmarried Germans, the building was completely destroyed in WW2. After independence the it has been rebuilt back to its former glory. The inside is as beautiful as the exterior, I would highly recommend a tour of the museum. The building is also claimed as the location where the first cristmas tree was created. 🎄
  • The atmosphere is incredible. It's located between the cathedral, dome and river. The evening time is really pleasant. The open space is very big. The house is open till 17.00, at least on working days. It's very historical and most iconic in old town. It was built in 14th century but recently renovated. Must see!

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