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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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    • Small but moving

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      October 29, 2022 By K6141ATjuliec

      A really moving museum - take time to read individual stories and also watch some of the videos as they are shocking as to what people went through, in a relatively recent portion of history.

    • Shush its no longer a secret

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      October 1, 2022 By sailb2017

      Absolutely fantastic place really enjoyed it and the history behind it. Incredible the levels of paranoia on display by superpowers

    • Shocking, a mist for history enthusiasts

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      August 7, 2022 By David T

      Small musuem but shocking I what is presented. As the signs say, if these Walls could talk... what would they say.