KGB Building, Minsk

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  • KGB Headquarters
    KGB Headquarters
    by Odiseya
  • KGB Office View
    KGB Office View
    by Felix300
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    KGB Office Tower
    by Felix300
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    KGB Headquarters

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 4, 2014

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    KGB Headquarters

    The KGB headquarters are on a very prominent location in the center of Minsk. This is Belarus secret police.
    This building is so huge that is very frightening. An entire block at No 17 is occupied by a yellow neoclassical building with an ominous, temple-like Corinthian portals. This building looks down over Independence Avenue.

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    KGB - The Tallest Building in town

    by Felix300 Written May 20, 2013

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    KGB Headquarters is located in Building 17 on Independence Avenue and overlooks the avenue, not the square. It occupies the whole block and was built in 1948 right in the middle of the ruins of the main street.

    Belarus happens to be the only ex-Soviet country that has not rebranded the good old service and has kept its dreadful secrets within the organization. The building is NOT to be photographed (1 out of 4 central buildings in Minsk) and naturally, you don't want to seek shelter from rain behind those lovely clumns.

    Across the street from the Office is the green house with clock - Minsk's oldest clock, a trophy from Kaliningrad. Beside the building - a public garden with a bust to Iron Felix, the founder of the KGB (originally not under this name) Mr. Dzerzhinsky. Guess, why is it that in any Soviet town any KGB office was called "the tallest building in town"?

    If you walk past KGB towards McDonald's, on the same side you will see an arch with Batman's logo on top - the arch has the door to the city's best eating place - U Franstiska.

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    Minsk KGB building

    by sunshine9689 Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Built soon after the Great War (1941-1945) between 1945-47, at first this building looked really weird among the ruins of the city.

    If you look at the 2nd KGB picture you`ll see a small tower on its right corner. It was not supposed to be there but a top KGB guy (Zsanava) gave an order to build it, on a whim I guess.

    He said to an architect (whose surname was 'King' by the way): ''You may be a king in the architecture business but I`m a king of Minsk, so make sure the tower looks nice when you finish.'

    Back then being the head of KGB meant absolute power. And so it stands untill today - the Zsanava Tower.

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