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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  • Anne K Anne K

    Old Soviet prison

    This old sea fortress was used during the soviet times in Estonia. It has quite a grim atmosphere and it is mostly left how it was - so many rooms are dark and there are not many information signs as...

  • Kati H Kati H

    Too big crew

    This is intresting place and the tour guide really knows her stuff tough she gets a bit exited about stories from the prison and our tour took more than 2h and she told us that she is tired... Maybe...

  • DianShan DianShan

    Good to know about the history behind Estonia

    Went with a guided tour for 10€ and it as worth it! The tour was 1 hour and brought us through the prison and a lot of stories behind the prison. Also allowed access to closed off area that public...

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