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Patarei Prison Since 1997 the main part of the complex is a cultural monument of the Republic of Estonia

Patarei Prison

Kalaranna 2, 10415, Tallinn, Estonia


  • SPACE TYPE: Prison

  • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

Tags: Estonia, military, Totally Lost 2015

Patarei was built by the order of Russian Emperor Nicholas I as a fortress, with the official name of Defence Barracks.

The fortification complex was completed in 1840, but due to the changed warfare strategy it was never used for its intended purpose. Until the collapse of the Russian tsar power, Patarei was used as barracks. From 1920 to 2002 there was a prison in Patarei during various regimes.

Since 13 May 1997 the main part of the complex has been a cultural monument of the Republic of Estonia. Discussions on the future of Patarei have been held for more than ten years: using the building complex as the Academy of Arts and several other options have been considered.

For more information about the future of this unique complex follow the Patarei project on patarei.org/en

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CONTRIBUTOR: Melissa Magni and Kai van Reenen