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Palazzo Chiaramonte

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Address: Piazza Marina, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0916075306
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A human take on the Inquisition

I have been to other Inquisition museums, which tend to focus on the torture. This place is quite different. You come to see the graffiti the prisoners made during their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I have been to other Inquisition museums, which tend to focus on the torture. This place is quite different. You come to see the graffiti the prisoners made during their imprisonment. Graffiti is something of an understatement. These are murals. Also there are poems and messages - some in English. Just think over 400 years ago intrepid Brits got themselves... More 

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Rockhampton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I was quite ignorant of this buildings history so I thought that the tour of both the Palazzo and Inquistion Gaol was really very good. The times and coordination of the tours can be a bit confusing for a dummy(me) but it worked out fine. The cells are well worth the visit and for a former catholic it was good... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Visiting Palazzo Chiaramonte can be a touching experience, specially if you're interested in History and on the 'work' of the Inquisition worldwide. Before that, I have been to the Inquisition Museum in Lima, Peru. The Museum in Lima is interesting, but, differently from the Palazzo, it has a more informative approach. The special thing with Chiaramonte is that you are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

As other reviews have pointed out, the highlight of the palace is the graffiti on the walls of several rooms left by various prisoners of the inquisition; the graffiti includes a variety of languages and dates, and features religous figures as well as Biblical stories including Jonah and the whale. I overheard a guide who suggested that the prisoner who... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Palace dominates Piazza Marina, it's located across the park. It's a guided visit and you could get tickets for the Palace only(upstairs) and see the Hall of Baron's wooden ceiling with it's richly decorated beams depicting Bible episodes. But I'd suggest you also get tickets to the Philippine Prisons [Inquisition times] (also a guided tour) and see the graffiti... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Nice building with intersting history - got charged twice (once5 euro for the prison and then additionally 2.5 for the palace - think i might be ripped off). Most interesting parts in the ground floor were shut. Can't visit the building without a guide and guide only wants to speak italian although most people foreigners - she coulf at least... More 

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Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

exciting to see the prisons of the Inquisition and the building is really beautiful and noble , so much to see the visit takes about 2 hours

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

a must-see, unique graffiti of the prisoners of inquisition in palermo ...little graffiti gems of artists, heretic monks, explorers, free-thinkers, foreigners put on trial by the inquisition...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was a really good quick visit to a super building which had the luck to have the brilliant architect Carlo Scarpa involved in its modernisation. The famous Guttuso picture of the market is there and is a joy to behold as are the stunning major rooms. Certainly worth an hour of anyone's time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We hid out from the rain and signed up for the next available tour which was only conducted in Italian, just so we could enter the place. This is a problem because this is a guided tour and we are not supposed to stray far from the guide. Thus we found ourselves waiting for long periods of time. The guide... More 

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