Prison at the End of the World

Location location: Ushuaia, Argentina

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

Once upon a time, a ship load of prisoners were sent to the end of the world to serve their sentences.

No I’m not talking about Australia, I’m retelling how Ushuaia became a city (though it’s a kind of similar story, don’t you think?).

The Argentine prisoners were not so lucky to arrive in the coldest, darkest, most isolated settlement of Ushuaia.

I can’t imagine how freezing it must have been here during a proper Antarctic winter.

ushuaia prison02

ushuaia prison03

Or maybe I can … it would explain my shocked face!

The prison was built in the shape of an intergalactic space station.  (Well, sort of.)

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

Today, only one of the five wings remains in its original state as a prison.

After the building stopped being a prison, it became a naval base.  And after that, a maritime museum – as it is today.

You can wander around the other wings to find out about the naval base and shipwrecks.

But I was most interested in the history about prison life here.

If you were an Argentine prisoner in the early 1900s, this is what you woke up to each morning.

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ushuaia, prison, naval museum

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

Seems like whoever designed the inmates’ uniforms was a Boca fan.

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

Danny poses as an unusually happy inmate.

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

^ That’s a toilet in case you were wondering ^

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

After a walk down Ushuaia’s history, I was happy to escape the prison as a free woman.

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

ushuaia, prison, naval museum

And enjoyed a romantic walk by the lake at dusk.

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

Does it still count as romantic when the boy is talking on the phone during the entire walk? :p

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

It’s so beautiful and peaceful here.

I didn’t think I would have enjoyed this cold isolated city as much as I have, but there is something magical about Ushuaia.

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

ushuaia, landscape, city

What do you think of that for an evening walk home?! It puts a smile on my face just scrolling back through these photos.  Buenos noches :)