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Photo by: Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

Photo by: Toomas Volmer

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 460 reviews

Location (map)

Kalaranna tn 2, Tallinn

Kalamaja

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Distance from:

Airport

9km

Harbour

2.5km

Train station

1.70km

Bus station

5.50km

Open/ Available

15.05-31.05; 01.09-31.10 Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00
01.06-31.08 10:00-18:00

Fees

Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€

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Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

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The authentic prison interior of the Patarei exhibition area introduces the nature of communist ideology and the crimes of its implementers in different countries, the stories of the victims of communism and Nazism, and the eventful history of Patarei since its construction as a naval fortress in the 19th century.  

Patarei (‘battery’) is one of the largest completely preserved classical style building ensembles in Estonia and the surrounding area. It was built as a sea fortress by order of Russian emperor Nicholas I in the 19th century, but with changes in military technology, the fortress soon lost its value as a defence structure and was instead used a barracks for soldiers of various army units. In 1919, Patarei was converted into a prison – a purpose for which it was well-suited thanks to its 2-metre thick walls. It was used as such by all the foreign powers who occupied Estonia in the 20h century, including the communist regime of the Soviet Union (in Estonia 1940-1941, 1944-1991) who imprisoned innocent people in the fortress on an ideological pretext.     

The exhibition area “Communism is Prison” consists of the preserved prisoners’ walkways in the courtyard, a selection of cells, washroom and corridors, the administrative rooms (including rooms for photographing and examining the prisoners and those for the prison staff), the execution chamber with an anteroom, where the death sentence was read out to the victim, and many other rooms.  

The exhibition area is the first manifestation of the International Museum for the Victims of Communism and research centre that will be established in the Patarei complex in the coming years. The exhibition area is open during the summer season (May – October).   

Location (map)

Kalaranna tn 2, Tallinn

Kalamaja

More

Distance from:

Airport

9km

Harbour

2.5km

Train station

1.70km

Bus station

5.50km

Open/ Available

15.05-31.05; 01.09-31.10 Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00
01.06-31.08 10:00-18:00

Fees

Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€

Information

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TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Take a walk out of town"

4.5

July 23, 2018, by Lynne S

Walk north of town through a neighborhood with some interesting buildings to this historical but closed site on the waters edge. You can walk around it and imagine the horrors of the past. It was... Read more

"Historic site"

4.5

September 2, 2017, by Jinzan

Unfortunately its closed. The chances it will be open again seems to be very small. But its a important piece of history that cant be vanished Read more

"The prison is Now closed"

4.5

May 9, 2017, by lory7255

Due to security reasons The prison has closed seemingly indefinitely : There s not any advertisement out There So we descovered thanks to a Good Guy we met outside by chance. .... Read more

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