Patarei Sea Fortress and Prison Museum

The construction of Patarei sea fortress started under the orders of Nicholas I in 1828. After completion, it began operating as an artillery battery. The building covering 4 hectares has had different functions – barracks and a prison.
In order to go on tour of the Patarei prison, prior registration is necessary (for a scheduled tour or for your group). Tour includes history of the sea fortress and prison; prison folklore and myths add spice to the excursion.
Good to know: the sea fortress-prison is cold and damp; floors and staircases are partly worn. Take along something warm to wear and a flashlight if possible; wear comfortable shoes. The prison is pitch-black and dangerous during winters.


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  • TuhoJuho TuhoJuho

    An ok but bizarre piece of history

    Patarei is an exciting and fascinating prison but it could be way better as a tourist attraction. The place is pretty much as it is left back in the days. Some art projects have visited the place...

  • Remo G Remo G

    impressive place from the Soviet history

    just impressive. for only 3 euros. just impressive to see an Soviet prison. it is so real and so "close" to the past. it looks like the last people just left some days ago. this is a most if you are...

  • celtic333 celtic333

    weird experience

    This prison has just been left to ruin. Only three euro to get in and two for a child. The prison must have been hell for the inmates. The hospital rooms are left as they were. The building could do...

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