Patarei Sea Fortress

Patarei fortress in Tallinn, part of European architectural heritage, is a Classical defensive structure that has retained its stylistic purity. This is a memorial to the victims of communism and fascism, as well as a meaningful symbol of resistance on the part of martyrs of the Republic of Estonia. 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 premises covering four hectares have had different functions – barracks and a prison.

The exhibition area ‘Communism is a prison’, introducing the ideology and crimes of communism and the history of the building, is open in Patarei prison. The exhibition area covers nearly 1,200 square meters in the eastern wing of the prison, where you can see the original interior and prison yard.

Patarei fortress in Tallinn, part of European architectural heritage, is a Classical defensive structure that has retained its stylistic purity. This is a memorial to the victims of communism and fascism, as well as a meaningful symbol of resistance

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  • Very beautiful historical place

    I just walked around the old building and it looks very interesting both from outside and from the inner garden. The view of the shore around are also something not to be missed. This is a jewel from...

  • Very detailed and haunting old prison

    Happened upon this place by chance and it was really great. The place is quite huge (and chilly even in summer) with all information in Estonian and English. You could easily spend 2 hours reading...

  • Interesting exposition

    A part of the prison had been reopened with an exposition about communism and the horrors that went on in the prison. It's a very intriguing exposition that can keep you occupied for a few hours. And...


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