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Video: A night in the lock-up at the stylish prison turned hostel

A jail in Slovenia was artistically renovated into a quirky backpackers hostel by 80 artists Photograph: (AFP)

AFP New Delhi, India Sep 19, 2016, 09.48 AM (IST) WION Edge

The technicolor construction in Slovenia used to be a prison built by the Austro-Hungarian army that remained in use till the early 1990s. The jail was artistically renovated into a quirky backpackers hostel by 80 local and international artists to stop the building’s demolition.



It was named as Hostel ‘Celica’, which means cell in Slovene to revere the building’s past identity. The twenty cells are confined with bars on all exit points and are allocated to guests without choice like prisoners to add to the feeling of conviction. 

Besides the fascinating history and creative decor, the hostel is also known for the sustainability measures taken to maintain an eco-friendly environment. The hostel won the Gold Travelife for sustainability in tourism because of initiatives like recycling, re-using materials and monitoring the cost of energy
 

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