“More attractive than Alcatraz!” is a quote from a Harvard professor found on the website of Patarei Prison.
Patarei sea fortress and Soviet prison has a rich history and ‘offers different opportunities to spend your free time’. Its fascinating yet very grim and will not be everyone’s first choice of ways to spend their free time in Tallinn (but it was mine).
In 1828 Nicholas I of Russia commissioned the Patarei sea fortress. Completed in 1840, it covers an area of 10 acres. Over the years it has had different functions – in 1867 functioning as barracks, in 1920 as a prison later run by the Soviet regime and since 2007 as a macabre tourist attraction and a venue for raves and art installations.