Kalamaja & Telliskivi

A sea fort built in the classicist style in 1840 as part of the defences of the Russian Empire, Patarei was subsequently used as a prison by the Estonian Republic, the Nazis and the Soviets. Peeling, dank and grim, its unrestored halls and cells are home to the unsettling exhibition 'Communism is Prison'. Adorned by explanatory panels, the courtyard walkways, solitary cells, washroom administrative rooms and execution chamber are open to explore.

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1. Seaplane Harbour

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2. Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art

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3. Linnahall

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4. Fat Margaret

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Attached to the Great Coast Gate, this rotund 16th-century cannon tower once protected a major entrance to Old Town. It's now one half of the Estonian…

5. St Olaf's Church

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6. Estonian Museum of Natural History

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7. Lower Town Wall

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8. KGB Prison Cells

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