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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  • Dadafasi Dadafasi

    Amazing place!

    I visited this place as a tourist in the city where I live. Even if it was in winter with -20 degrees, it was a great experience! The atmosphere, all u can see and all so touching! I...

  • Ville T Ville T

    Patarei prison

    Creepy place in the heart of Tallinn. We had a guide who was former guard but unfortunately he spoke only estonian. Must see place for those who love abandoned buildings.

  • testla testla

    Atmospheric and creepy

    We weren't sure whether we'd found the correct entrance at first as it appeared to be a gap in the fence at first glance. We continued walking down an overgrown courtyard lined with extremely...

Features and amenities


Kalaranna tänav 2, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa, Tallinn


  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car


59°26'60''N 24°44'28''E | Download GPX file