In 1828 Nicholas I of Russia mandated the building of the sea fortress of Patarei. Completed in 1840, it is located on area of 4 hectares (10 acres). Over the years it has had different functions. Since 1867 Patarei functioned as barracks and in 1920 it was moved as a prison. It housed inmates until 2004, and has been left virtually untouched since. Visitors can explore the hallways to see cells, work areas, exercise yards and the like. There are also several tours available, see website for details.

Reference: Official website, In Your Pocket


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Suur-Patarei, Tallinn, Estonia
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Founded: 1828-1840
Category: Castles and fortifications in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)


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JT (10 months ago)
Very good exhibition with text and pictures. Must see as part of history of Estonia and all baltic countries. Reachable by bus tours or walk
brett m b (11 months ago)
Unless, maybe, you are an Estonian, all the literature is overwhelming (a lot of it). Most of the literature is focused on communism and suppression/plight of Estonians and little on the prison itself. For me it was a 20-minute walk-thru.
Farzad Mostafavi (12 months ago)
It's really nice place to go, I just hope the events there were more enjoying
Urmo Ustav (12 months ago)
It's amazing place. Now if there are removed prison thin walls and trellis I saw a unique Sea Fortress with thick walls. The vibe is a lot better than after the prison closed there. I hope the renovation going as planned and soon we will see a awsome place there.
Amanda Shonubi (12 months ago)
Insanely creepy and heartbreaking. The exhibitions are very well executed with detailed stories. I recommend taking a tour to hear more history and specific spots in the prison. We didn't due to children that would most likely find the detailed accounts too disturbing. Overall very educational. If you feel or believe in paranormal activity then do your research before visiting.
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