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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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Saulius Masonas (3 years ago)
Interesting place to walk around
Hard Monkey PC (3 years ago)
Closed, sad becouse it could be a nice turístic place to teach some history about Estonia
Andrus Villem (3 years ago)
Close and fantastic
Phibappé Tengelgren (3 years ago)
So bad to hear that the visit of the prison’s interior is no longer available. I managed to have joined the late afternoon guided tour to walk around the prison before the closure. Was good to join the guided tour since you would have got lost inside since there was no signage nor “route” for you to follow. Also, it's much better if you could understand what kind of room was that and the history. Sad to hear about the political persecution history but good to learn from the past.
Johannes Eich (3 years ago)
Wow, this place is intense! A five-star-lost-place. Sadly on the day we've visited the prison, there was no chance to get inside. so we stumbled outside the property and shot a lot of photos. Even if it's closed, it's worth a visit.
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