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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  • On the town hall square stands the impressive "Schwarzhäupterhaus", which was first mentioned in 1334. The brick Gothic house was rebuilt and decorated in the 17th century in the style of the Flemish-Dutch guild houses. Like its namesake in Tallinn, the "Schwarzhäupterhaus" of Riga housed the German merchants from the Hanseatic period. The name goes back to the patron saint of merchants, Saint Mauritius, who was portrayed as Mohr. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed during World War II and later rebuilt. A Roland statue stands on the town hall square. On my travel website toeightycountries.com you will find more about the enchanting Riga.
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  • Without illumination in the evening does not look very, but in the afternoon or with the illumination in the evening very much love it. One of the most famous buildings in Riga.
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