The Murru Prison Quarry was established in 1938 under the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. The prisoners spent long hours mining Limestone creating the unique lunar landscape that surrounds the prison today. Once left to ruin, the quarry and half of the prison flooded meaning that today, the area is half Soviet Gulag, half electric blue lagoon and one of the most surreal places that I have ever visited.

 

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Old Guard Tower above steel fence

 

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Razor wire fence marking the Prison boundary

 

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A 20ft steel wall and 3 layers of Razor wire

 

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Prison building on the edge of the flooded quarry

 

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Lethal Spikes

 

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Exterior of the admin building

 

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More rusted razor wire atop the walls

 

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half of the walls and machinery disappear into the Lagoon

 

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Inside the first building

 

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Documents still litter the floor

 

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Manuals for the quarry equipment

 

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an old prisoners boot

 

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Old clothes and charred documents litter the floors

 

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Target Practice

 

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The view from the officers lunch room

 

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clothes still caught in razor wire

 

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torn rags caught on the fence

 

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Fence was even electrified in places

 

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Old machine parts n the disused quarry area

 

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the view between the double layer fence

 

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semi submerged buildings in the quarry

 

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now a popular swimming spot in the summer months

 

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Walking in the rivulets on the 70m high Limestone slag heap

 

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the view from half way up

 

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view from the top of the mound

 

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The mist added to the eeriness of the place

 

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final view over the whole site