House of the Blackheads

Local nameMelngalvju nams
LocationRiga, Latvia

House of the Blackheads is a building situated in the old town of Riga, Latvia. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners in Riga. Major works were done in the years 1580 and 1886, adding most of the ornamentations. The sculptures were made by the workshop of August Volz.

The building was bombed to a ruin by the Germans on June 28, 1941 and the remains were demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999 by Valērij Kargin the president of Parex Bank.

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Opening hours

Tue - Sun: 11 am - 5 pm
Open during events.

More information and contact


Official Website




Phone +371 67 18 18 00

Address 7 Rātslaukums, LV-1050, Rīga, LV

Coordinates 56°56'49.655" N 24°6'24.524" E

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