Photographer's Note

This is the Estonian Alcatraz. It is situated by the sea, quite in the centre of Tallinn.
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.

According to Tripadvisor reviews, the tour was very interesting until 2017. There are interesting photos, you could see the entire abandoned object.
Later until May 2019 it was closed. In June 2019 it was possible to visit, but I was disappointed. Small area, only a few rooms. and I think it is not more than 10% of the area

There were no pictures of the inside of the prison on TE. See now in the workshop.

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