KGB Headquarters


An entire block of central pr Nezalezhnastsi is occupied by this yellow neoclassical building with an ominous, temple-like Corinthian portal – the KGB Headquarters.

On the opposite side of the street is a long, narrow park with a bust of terror-monger Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the KGB's predecessor, the Cheka.

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1. Bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky

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Between pr Nezalezhnastsi and vul Karla Marksa is a long narrow park with a bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the KGB's predecessor (the Cheka)…

2. National History Museum

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3. Belarusian State Art Museum

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4. Pr Nezalezhnastsi

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5. Church of SS Simon & Elena

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6. Pl Svabody

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7. Ratusha

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8. Tsentralny Skver

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