House of Blackheads

Riga, Latvia

House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju nams) is a building situated in the old town of Riga. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. Major works were done in the years 1580 and 1886, adding most of the ornaments.

The structure was bombed to a ruin by the Germans June 28, 1941 and the remains demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999. Today the House of Blackheads serves as a museum and sometimes concert hall.



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Svaru iela 7, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: ca. 1334
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)


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Alexandra Glosova (2 years ago)
Beautiful place! Very nice building, and beautiful representative premises. It includes the museum of the Blackheads Guild, as well as various halls full of Renaissance art and furniture. The whole building of the Blackheads Guild is very nicely restored, where as it was very damaged during WW2. The staff is friendly and welcoming. NB Possibility to enjoy the place with a glass of sparkling wine or coffee.
ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΧΡ (2 years ago)
You don't believe it until you read that it was perfected 20-something years ago. Perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in Riga that you should visit. The square gives you the possibility to enjoy them sitting on the benches. it is possible to go upstairs and get your coffee for 8 euros
Garrett Fagnou (2 years ago)
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. ?
Siddiqui Mr. aRf (2 years ago)
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!
elena colicino (2 years ago)
Loved it! The visit is short but very instructive. The rooms on the 1st floor are amazing and they resemble small rooms of the Versailles palace
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