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“Visit the prison, but see the area” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Karosta Prison

Karosta Prison
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Liepaja
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Wakefield, MA
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“Visit the prison, but see the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

I found the prison to be very interesting, but I have to admit that I thought that it was going to be a more hardcore prison. This was a military prison where men were sent mostly for minor infractions and then returned back to military duty. That is not to say that the time they spent in Karosta Prison was a piece of cake because it certainly wasn't. You need to take a tour to see the prison. Our guide was a woman dressed in a Soviet uniform and she was very knowledgeable.

I found the entire history of the Karosta area really fascinating. You should take the time to walk around and see the Soviet Bloc housing. It's everywhere. Sadly, this is an area that is still extremely run down. The St Nicholas Maritime Cathedral is there as well and was part of the Karosta Naval Base area. It is a beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral. We went in to take a look and there was a service going on which was interesting to watch.

Visited August 2013
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Klaipeda, Klaipedos Apskritis, Lithuania
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“Cool but scarry place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Must take a tour with a guide- i found that really interesting. Liked "pitch black" room and how guide is talking to you (like with a prisoner)

Visited December 2012
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“Very small and hard to find”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

This is small atraction and very hard to find. But if you didn't see slums earlier you can see it everywere. This is extremly poor and distroyed area of post comunistic buildings

Visited July 2013
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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“Chilling and a definate must.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

We booked a guide who spoke English and was dressed in a Soviet army officer uniform. The tour involved plenty of interactive role play about how guards treated military prisoners until the placed closed in 1997. A troubling past to the place mixed with the shocking bare realities of life in such a place made it one of the most memorable visit I've ever made anywhere. The former closed town Karosta that the prison sits in is itself a fairly intimidating place so perhaps driving to the prison is better than walking!

Visited June 2013
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Haacht, Belgium
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2012

Karosta prison is something completely different from the usual sightseeing. It gives you an insight in the Latvian history when Latvia was part of the USSR. So I learned that the Karosta naval base in Sovjet times was kept very secret, even the Karosta Canal was never mentioned on the maps. My guide in the prison knew a lot of the history, spoke excellent English and i could ask loads of questions. So well worth a visit. And after your visit, take a walk around the old navel base. There are a lot of abandoned, derelict but still beautiful buildings. Empty now for more then a decade since the Russians left the naval base.

Visited July 2012
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