Developer of the Patarei sea fortress in Tallinn, businessman Urmas Sõõrumaa, opened the historical complex to visitors from Tuesday.
Sõõrumaa said that the objective is to render the site an attractive place for both work and leisure by 2026. As a first step, the fortress' courtyard has been transformed into a leisure area where visitors can attend exhibitions, events, concerts and shows. News on the events and developments in the fortress are available (in Estonian) on their website.
Martin Kolga, development director at U/S Real Estate, said that the courtyard has been the heart of the Patarei fortress from the very beginning.
Kolga said: "We're glad we can grant the visitor access to it already several years before the completion of the complex. A glass roof will be added to the courtyard in the future, so that good food and a nice time can be enjoyed there regardless of the time of the year."
The Patarei sea fortress, a part of Europe's architectural heritage, is a classical 19th-century coastal defense structure, which was acquired by U/S Real Estate in February this year.
The complex is to be transformed into a modern urban environment with apartments, stores, cafes and office spaces.
U/S Real Estate is a part of Sõõrumaa's U.S. Invest group, which employs over 2,000 people.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein