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Museo alle Carceri (Asiago Prison Museum)

The Asiago Prison Museum, today an exibition center.

The Asiago Prison Museum, today an exibition center.

The building of the former prison, which now houses a fascinating museum lovingly restored and transformed into an exhibition centre, was built in the late 19th century to replace a previous prison located in an unknown place. We only know that the offences prosecuted were related to poverty, and they were often collective as noted by the historian Giancarlo Bortoli. The complex, surrounded by high walls of which only the part of the monumental entrance has been preserved, consists of two buildings, the front one for the caretaker, the rear one for the prisoners. The latter had lightwell windows without glasses, and did not have a heating plant. Eight cells faced the central hall, paved with slabs of marble; they were divided on two floors, the upper ones connected by a bridge and a balcony. The last prisoner to be locked up in this prison was a gipsy woman in 1969.

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