House of Blackheads

House of Blackheads
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House of Blackheads
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Editor's review

Originally built in 1344, this resurrected ghost is another reminder of Riga's still-healing historical scars. Ironically located in the Town Hall Square by the Museum of Occupations, the original House of Blackheads (Melngalvju nams) was destroyed during the war in 1941 and buried by the Soviets in 1948. It was rebuilt in 2001 with careful attention to its original structure and exterior ornamentation to commemorate the city's 800th anniversary. Originally owned by a merchant guild, in its current reincarnation the House of Blackheads serves as a museum and sometimes concert hall.

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United States

why were they called Blackheads? Were the members Black?

Reply Dec 17th, 2015
john carter
United Kingdom

Their members were not black. They were white merchants from many parts of Europe, mainly Prussian kingdoms.

Reply May 17th, 2018
Torbjörn Falk

Fantastisk Byggnad o med fina rum o salar med tavlor, möbler o guld o silversaker

Reply Apr 16th, 2012

I'm looking forward to visit Riga and, of course this monument: House of Blackheads!

Next week I hope to be there! For now, I'm watching the webcam! ;-)

Reply Apr 4th, 2009
United Kingdom

This was my favorite building in Riga!

Reply Dec 2nd, 2008
United States

a fantastic looking building. Riga is full of so many treasures, but House of the Blackheads is one of the most spectacular.

Reply Mar 11th, 2008
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