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Prisão Académica, Coimbra

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Indulge in the medieval splendor of Coimbra by booking a hotel in the city's historical hilltop and hillside central area, which is home to the majority of its hotels and guesthouses. By staying right in the middle of the Old Town, you'll have medieval monasteries, Renaissance homes, and Baroque halls right at your doorstep. You'll also be within walking distance of the city's famed university complex. Alternatively, try staying in one of the center's youth hostels, which offer shared rooms, lockers, breakfast, and a comfortable bed at a fraction of the cost of an upscale hotel. These accommodations also give you a good base from which you can experience the city's student-fueled nightlife. To get away from the mainstream tourist center a bit, opt for a hotel or bed and breakfast in the quieter residential neighborhoods east of the university.
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  • The prison consists of 2 cells and a bathroom. It's located beneath the "Biblioteca Joanina" because the university used to had its own court system. When students were arrested they only had acess to...  more »
  • You get to see this if you pay a ticket to visit the "Biblioteca Joanina", it is located underneath the building. It consists of three small rooms where students were imprisoned at a time when the uni...  more »
  • Located in the old part of the university, below the Joanina Library, the Prisao Academica or Academic Prison, was where students and staff who had been arrested were held. The prison has been in its ...  more »