This was honestly the highlight of my time in Tallinn – however morbid that sounds. While undeniably creepy, it is a fascinating insight into a very dark period of Estonian history.
This former sea fortress was built in the early 19th century, before the Soviet’s used it as a prison during their occupation. Incredibly, it was open right up until 20002. The prison has been left exactly how it was when it closed, right down to the discarded medical equipment left strewn throughout the operating room. More recently, artists have entered some of the rooms and turned them into vivid reminders of the harrowing events which occurred here. Imprisonment, torture, execution.
Unfortunately, the website now says that that the prison has closed. While I knew it was considered one of the most endangered monuments in Europe, it would be a huge loss if this did not re-open – and an even bigger loss if it is turned into apartments or a hotel as proposed. While you might not be able to enter, it’s still worth walking around the outside of the prison and there is even a cool little bar on the beach behind it.
Due to the fact that you might no longer be able to visit the prison and since there is very little been written about it online, I thought I’d share some of the pictures I took during my visit last year.