Patarei sea fortress

The construction of Patarei sea fortress was started under the orders of Nicholas I in 1828. Completed in 1840, it started to operate as an artillery battery. Over the years it has had different functions – from 1864 barracks, from 1920 a prison and from 2007 a Culture Park.
This unique 19th century example of Tallinn’s top architecture has now in the 21st century changed from a long-time symbol of repressions to a favourite place for residents of the city and tourists, a multifunctional place to spend free time.


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  • Violette K Violette K

    Highlight of the trip

    This was the highlight of my trip. The prison was scary but exciting and the tour knew a lot of interesting stories to tell. Normally the visit is quite long (2 hours or so) but we were in a hurry...

  • Annemarie S Annemarie S

    Most surprising visit

    Improvising with 31 students, we had to look for a different visit because the Tallinn Zoo was too far for us to walk. The lady of the guided tour advised us to go to prison... She arranged that we...

  • Frikadulli Frikadulli

    History Live!

    We had a guided tour in April 2016. The prison is huge and we saw only a bit of it. But the impression was really marvelous. You can feel the scares and sorrows of the inmates since the place had...

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