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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  • When you stay in the hotels you get a map that has a suggested walk and you pass through almost all the churches important buildings and buildings but when you get to this you get shocked by so much beauty and I was sad because I left the walk for today to visit it p or inside but just today it's closed so I'll have to go back sometime to riga to see inside this wonder
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  • This building was for a long time the seat of the BlackHeads and was completely blown up under the rule of Stalin. The reconstruction after the war was somewhat successful, although the facade looks more modern compared to that of the former house. The entrance fee is a bit, but it's worth it! Magnificently designed halls extend throughout the building. In the cellar you will find leftover relics from the heyday of the Black Main League.
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