The chilling ruins of Patarei prison (Tallinn, Estonia)

by Gigi Griffis

Walk along the oceanfront west of Tallinn’s port and you’ll eventually stumble upon a crumbling prison, dismantled after the Soviets turned tail and left and now turned into a memorial to the innocent victims imprisoned here by the Germans and the Soviets. 

Inside, you’ll find an exhibit titled “communism is a prison,” full of stories of prisoners, conditions, and the communist leaders who made prisons like this the living hell they were (entry cost is currently 8 euros for adults and 5 euros for students). Outside, no matter what time of day, you’ll find crumbling walls, wild graffiti, and a walking path that circles the complex. As many abandoned buildings do, it manages to be both chilling and beautiful. 

All photos taken with my Sony a6000.

Share this post!

You may also like

Leave a comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Opt-out here if you wish! Accept Read more