Patarei Prison

  Kalaranna 28 ,   Kalamaja & Kopli          +372 664 50 39     27 Jan 2020

This imposing, seaside complex in the Kalamaja district is now one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of Soviet-era prison life in all its dreariness. Originally opened as a sea fortress in 1840, it housed inmates from 1919 until 2004, and has been left virtually untouched since. Most of the year the prison is closed to visitors, but you can still see it from the outside. But from May through September The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory has opened an exhibition area 'Communism is Prison' which is introducing the ideology and international crimes of communism and the history of the complex. Entrance to the area is from the side facing the Port of Tallinn from Suur-Patarei street through the gate, or from the seaside promenade through the small gate.


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Alan MacRae
Visited here with Estonian friends last year, very worthwhile to go to. It's an intimidating place and you can imagine that the prisoners have just left as everything is untouched from when it closed
This is not your typical comfortable tourist visit. It is an eerie and scary place. Our group had a 1 hour tour, and it was awesome to see....but be warned that it is untouched for the most part, so it can be uncomfortable at times. The tour gave an inside glimpse of Soviet era prison life. There is no electricity so be prepared to walk with your cell phone light. They also offer the "prisoner experience". Good luck with that! It will be something you will not soon forget!
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