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Palazzo Chiaramonte

Piazza Marina, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #3 of 142 attractions in Palermo
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Built in the early fourteenth century the palace was the great mansion of Manfredi Chiaramonte, Count of Modica immense and powerful fiefdom (called... more »
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LONDON
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went to the palazzo chiaramonte based on the reviews from trip advisor , it was never made clear to us that we would get no english commentry it only became apparent once the tour started which was a shame because the lady seemed very animated and passionate about it and could speak good english ,and because it cost us... More

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Palermo, Italy
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Quite by chance, I passed by Palazzo Chiaramonte and it was open. I was with an American guest and we went in for the guided tour. It was incredible. To see the cells of the prisoners of the Inquisition is a most unusual experience. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I would recommend the visit to both visitors and residents!... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Having seen Locatelli/Graeme Dixon tour of Palermo we were interested in Gattusos' painting of the Vucchiria market - well worth tracking down. The unexpected treasure was the guided tour of the cells where prisoners were interred during the Spanish Inquisition - incredible.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Fascinating insights into the Inquisition. The prisoner art will send chills up your spine. An English-speaking guide took our group around, and she also had some printed material in English, which was helpful. If you're staying anywhere near Porto Felice, it's a short walk, and the hop-on hop-off bus has a stop just across the park.

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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Palazzo Steri (Chiaramonte), at Piazza Marina, was the seat of the Inquisition in Palermo from 1605-1782. Now owned by the university, it has recently opened its doors to tourists. For 5 euro I got a personal guided tour by a student (in Italian, but she said they do English too). We started in the prison in the building next door,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Palazzo Chiaramonte has a long and bloody history. When it was built, the sea came to within a hundred meters (and as Edward Longshanks learned in Wales, it's a good idea to build your castles by the sea). The head of the Chiaramonte family, Andrew, rebelled in the 14th century, and duly lost his own head to the Kings' axe... More

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sanctuary cove
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

The palazzo is a remarkable physical reminder of the great fortified houses that characterised nobles' ongoing confrontations with church and state for centuries in Sicilian history. You can't go in unless there's a function on, but just the exterior is magnificent. The streetscape was modified just so that this palazzo could be built - and the last scion of the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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194 reviews 194 reviews
15 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Interesting Steri Castle, but make sure that the dungeons are open the day you go. You can see where prisoners of the Inquisition were held and view many of their paintings on the walls (mostly of a religious suffering nature). It's worth a hour of your time.

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Manchester
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

The Palace is very well kept and it is also used for conferences. The visit is well worth especially if have a fascination for the history of the Inquisition in Europe.

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