A chilling local joke makes light of the infamous building on the corner of Brīvības and Stabu streets by claiming that its balconies were the only ones in Latvia that offered a view of Siberia. Indeed, thousands of Latvians met their end in the notorious Corner House or Stūra māja and a memorial outside to its victims states: ‘During the Soviet occupation the state security agency /KGB/ imprisoned, tortured, killed and morally humiliated its victims in this building.’ The building is now occupied by the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940 – 1991 and you can take a guided tour of its dreaded cellars where Latvians were tortured by the KGB. You can buy tickets online on its website or on the premises, but tours fill up quickly so try to book in advance. An exhibition curated by the Occupation Museum about the building is free of charge.
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