Just 45 minutes from Tallinn lies the Rummu Quarry, one of the most mysterious places in all of Estonia. The Rummu quarry quarry was built in the 1930s with a purpose of open mining limestone and Vaselemma marble, a specific kind of limestone very much resembling marble. The mining of Vasalemma limestone and marble in the Rummu quarry started as early as 1938 and the prisoners of Murru Prison were used as labour.
In the 1940s, the Soviet Union constructed a prison and labor camp at the edge of the Rummu quarry. During the Soviet era, until the 1990s, excavation was performed as hard labour by Murru and Rummu prisoners, who would excavate and process limestone from the water-drained quarry. Much of the natural area of the quarry is under a lake formed by groundwater, and is situated next to a spoil tip. The quarry is close to two former prisons, the nearest being the former Rummu prison.
Due to the geography of the area, groundwater gathers and forms a small lake within the quarry. Construction and function of the quarry required water pumping equipment in order for mining to progress successfully. In 1991, the Rummu Quarry was abandoned, and no one was left to pump the water out of the quarry. A lake quickly formed, which flooded the majority of prison structures still left.
With the closure of the Rummu quarry, the area became a featured location for nature photography, hiking, rafting, scuba diving, as a summer spot, musical and sports events, and as a filming location for its unique layout. The site was depicted in the post-apocalyptic short film The Most Beautiful Day (2015) by Einar Kuusk. Several of the deserted buildings at Rummu were featured in the video for hit song “Faded” by Norwegian DJ Alan Walker. There is a ground spoil tip mostly formed from Vasalemma marble slip next to the lake that accumulated over the years.
In early 2016, the area began to be closed off, because of issues with cars, and because swimming and diving into the lake is dangerous, and the owner has posted relevant warning signs. Several serious incidents precipitated this decision. In 2014, a 17-year-old girl injured her back jumping from a quarry wall into the lake. In 2016, a 35-year-old man was found drowned in the quarry waters.
Note that Rummu Quarry is an unofficial and unguarded swimming and diving spot. If you decide to to swim at the quarry, be aware and pay attention that sharp and heavy metal objects are found in the bottom of the quarry.
Rummu Quarry Photos
Marble Mine Inundation Photos
How To Get To The Rummu Quarry
The territory is private property, and belongs to KB Auto Eesti OÜ. The place is practically impossible to access by car, since vehicles are prohibited from stopping near the gate of the road to the quarry. The Marble Marble Mine Inundation at Rummu Quarry coordinates: 59.225897°N 24.197682°E
By public transport
- Take a bus No. 146 from Tallinn to town of Rummu;
- Get out at Rummu and take a 5-minute walk to the Marble Mine inundation near abandoned Rummu Quarry;