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    Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress exhibition area

    The Patarei Sea Fortress in Tallinn, built in the nineteenth century, is a gem of the Baltic Sea region – a Classical defensive structure that has is still fully standing. This is a memorial to the victims of communism and Nazism, as well as a meaningful symbol of resistance on the part of martyrs of the Republic of Estonia. The building has been used as an artillery battery, barracks, and prison. It is part of Europe’s architectural heritage.  The exhibition area ‘Communism is 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 metres in the eastern wing of the prison, where you can see the original interior and prison yard.
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    • Go for an urban explore.

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      October 29, 2022 By K6141ATjuliec

      We visited the prison not knowing what to expect, as we knew the attached museum was closed. However, we wandered freely round the grounds, including in the courtyard (which bizarrely had been a... Read more comments

    • Very beautiful historical place

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      September 22, 2020 By JulieF2978

      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... Read more comments

    • Very detailed and haunting old prison

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      June 26, 2020 By ET8

      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... Read more comments