"House of Blackheads - XIV-XX century" Riga Region Things to Do Tip by satara

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  house of blackheads (www.riga.lv)
by satara

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The Blackheads was characteristically a common union of young, unmarried merchants and ship captains in the Hansa cities, which chose St. Maurice to be their patron. St. Mauritius was an imaginary African black moor (from this the name of the brotherhood ?the Blackheads? comes). Due to their exceptional status the Blackheads played an important role in the society life and traditions; many VIPs of that time (including Russian tsars) took part in events organized by the Blackheads. As a German merchant club the Brotherhood of Blackheads existed in Riga until 1939.

I was impressed by the architecture of this amazing and mysterious house - I happened to pass near it at night so the lights and all atmosphere made me a great impression..

Address: Ratsaukums 6
Directions: near the Town Hall Square (Ratslaukums).

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  • Written Mar 5, 2004
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