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    KGB prison cells

    One of the most notorious and feared pre-trial prisons operated in the basement of the building at 1 Pagari Street during the Soviet occupation. The former KGB prison cells are now open to the public. Built in 1912, the building has had a remarkable role in the recent history of Estonia. Arrested Estonian politicians, civil servants, intellectuals, veterans of the War of Independence, as well as ordinary people were beaten and tortured there. Many were then sentenced to death or imprisonment. The prison cells built in the basement have remained a symbol of communist terror to this day. Visitors can explore the basement comprised of two corridors, six prison cells, and a cell for punishment.

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    • Powerful experience

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      May 6, 2024 By 54brittav

      A very interesting and informative museum. We visited the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom first in the morning and bought tickets to visit the KGB prisons whilst we were there, we visited... Read more comments

    • A harrowing but important experience.

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      April 9, 2024 By IdaHeiseldal

      Having previously visited the eerily similar KGB cells in Vilnius, the ones in Tallinn were at the top of my bucket list for my visit. In this day and age especially, but also in general, it is vital... Read more comments

    • Grim, important history

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      February 16, 2024 By 70DavidT70

      Really interesting displays, well put together and very informative, including an up-to-date section on current Russian resistance.