The Fort Buildings Of The Karosta Prison Defence System

“Escape from the U.S.S.R.” @ The Soviet Military Port Karosta


The Prisoners Of Karosta On The Run From Soviets
The Prisoners Of Karosta On The Run From Soviets
Erasmus Friends
Erasmus Friends

Trip to Liepaja, was our first weekend trip of our Erasmus exchange studies in Latvia. It was organized by the lovely team of students from ESN Riga.

Liepaja Main Church
Liepaja Main Church

After arriving in the city, we first had a short tour around the city. It’s a small but nice city on the southern coast of Latvia.

Bell Boy
Bell Boy

The most interesting building of it is the church. We decided to take a tour of it and climb the tower to take a panoramic view of the city. Well we almost got a panoramic view of the whole country, as you can see really far, because it is a total flat-terrain country.

STOP! Karosta Prision, Liepaja, Latvia
STOP! Karosta Prision, Liepaja, Latvia

Our Bus than drove us to the Karosta Prison Area. It’s a huge complex of a living area, for the prison employees and soldiers, a huge defense system for the former outside western border of The Soviet Union and the most guarded prisons in the world.

Soviet Apartment Buildings, Karosta Prison, Liepaja, Latvia
Soviet Apartment Buildings, Karosta Prison, Liepaja, Latvia

The ampartment building area looks terrible today. Well, maybe even in it’s best times, it wasn’t some landmark area. Now it’s just this huge abandoned  blocks of concrete, standing the tests of time.

But in every place you can find some truly amazing beauty. In the center of this area is a magnificent Russian Cathedral. In the best days of this area it was used for social gatherings and even as a movie theater, for the soldiers, employees of the prison and their families.

Russian Cathedral, Karosta Prison Complex, Liepaja, Latvia
Russian Cathedral, Karosta Prison Complex, Liepaja, Latvia
The Fort Buildings Of The Karosta Prison Defence System
The Fort Buildings Of The Karosta Prison Defence System

We arrived to our meeting point to play a team building spy game: “Escape from the U.S.S.R.” This prison is already over 100 years old. In the operating day of the prison no-one managed to escape. And it’s the only such high security military prison in the world.

The Prisoners Of Karosta On The Run From Soviets
The Prisoners Of Karosta On The Run From Soviets

The game was quite serious as there were a lot of  Soviet guards paroling the area. We had a map and our task list to accomplish our mission and meet our friend’s escape boat at the sea to escape from the grasp of the Soviets.

Our Escape Route From Karosta Prison, Liepaja Latvia
Our Escape Route From Karosta Prison, Liepaja Latvia

We had a lot of obstacles on our way. Runing fastly trough the open areas, crawling in the tight, dark channels of abandoned defense structures, climbing the tree structures, using gas masks and night vision goggles and for the finish wire-sliding over a small river to reach to coast of freedom.

The Final Step To Freedom
The Final Step To Freedom
Prisoners Of Karosta, Free At Last
Prisoners Of Karosta, Free At Last

After every one escaped from the Soviet Grasp, we enjoyed our freedom on the beach while the sun was sinking into the Baltic sea . . .

Amazing Beach View, Liepaja, Latvia
Amazing Beach View, Liepaja, Latvia
Love Exchange In Gas Form, Karosta Prison, Liepaja, Latvia
Love Exchange In Gas Form, Karosta Prison, Liepaja, Latvia
Untouched Nature Of The Area
Untouched Nature Of The Area

And than took a satisfied, relaxing walk back to the bus. Was a really fun game to play and it was just a breathtaking enviroment. The good side of this military base being here for more than 100 years is that the natural enviroment is almost untouched. If you don’t mind the military structures.

Crazy Erasmus Party, Liepaja, Latvia
Crazy Erasmus Party, Liepaja, Latvia
Double Trouble, Slovenia vs. Spain
Double Trouble, Slovenia vs. Spain

We went to have dinner at a restaurant and than to the hostel to get ready to have a great erasmus party with people form all corners of Europe. Was a really amazing party till the morning. Really nice people.

Enjoying On The Latvian Beach
Enjoying On The Latvian Beach
Let's Go Home, to Riga.
Let’s Go Home, to Riga.

The next day on Sunday . . . all we were able to do is get our selves somehow to the beach and just enjoy a beautiful warm sunny day in the north of Europe at the end of September. It was also the first time for me to swim in the northern Baltic Sea. Was just a perfect day, perfect weekend, with perfect company of relaxed, good-hearted people.

A day full of fun and laughter.

A Funny Ending Of A Great Weekend
A Funny Ending Of A Great Weekend
Falling In Love With Latvia
Falling In Love With Latvia

Love this day.

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