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Arsenal is a shopping center with unique architecture and a special story.

The building was constructed towards the end of the Czarist times in 1917. The majestic red brick building was initially meant to be barracks for Russian soldiers, but due to construction delays, it was put to use as a military manufacture after Estonia’s Independence in 1918.

In the beginning, Arsenal’s main task was to repair guns that were left behind after World War I and the War of Independence. Later, Arsenal was the supplier for the Estonian Defence Forces, providing them with machine guns, target guns, hand-grenades, gas masks, anti-tank mines, artillery ammunition, optical devices, cartridges and gun parts. They even built armoured cars.

During World War II, Arsenal’s modern production equipment and archives were moved to Russia. After the war and during the Soviet occupation, the building was used as a Soviet naval artillery facility. They repaired and built ship and shore artillery, rockets, optical and electronic devices.

After Estonia’s re-independence in 1991, Arsenal completed the orders for the Estonian Defence Forces until the company went out of business during the financial crisis and the building was sold in 2012. In Autumn 2016, Arsenal shopping and business center opened its doors to visitors.

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