Most of the tourists in Tallinn, Estonia will see only the Old Town. It’s fine but there is also more to see, if you just walk a couple of kilometers out of the city center.
Towards north west from the center, in Põhja-Tallinn (North Tallinn) is Patarei Prison.
The history of Patarei extends to early 1800’s. The construction of Patarei sea fortress started 1929 and was completed 1840. It was changed into barracks in 1867. It acted as a prison from 1920 until 2002 when the last prisoner left the building, apparently alive as the last execution took place there on 11 September 1991, twenty days after the re-independence of Estonia.
Today Patarei is a culture park, opened on 2007. From May to September it is open for visitors, so I had to see it only outside – a good reason to visit it soon again.
Click any image to open the gallery.