KGB building Riga

Image by Martins Veidemanis

KGB building – Building on the corner

Some say that this is the tallest building in Riga as Siberia can be seen from its windows. Most know it as the Building on the Corner. In fact this was the most feared house in Latvia while it was occupied as the KGB operated here – questioned, tortured, crippled, killed anyone who they wanted.

The building was closed to the public until 2014 when, as a part of Riga being the European Capital of Culture, the doors were opened. There are several exhibitions placed here all dedicated to war, deportations and people who were affected by these terrible events. The most powerful experience is the guided tour to the cellar where the actual cells can be seen and entered and the shooting-gallery where the prisoners were executed.

This is not an easy event to attend, at least for the locals. I believe it is a must to know these historical events especially nowadays taking into account the political situation in eastern Europe.

Tickets and excursion times can be found here.

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Details about this spot



Brivibas street 61, Riga

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon & Thu - Fri 10:00 - 17:30, Wed 10:00 - 19:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00


KGB cellar tour: € 5


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)