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Palazzo Chiaramonte

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Address: Piazza Marina, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0916075306
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Great old graffiti

We were shown about by the knowledgeable and charming Rachel who explained the graffiti of the inquisition Really worth visiting

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were shown about by the knowledgeable and charming Rachel who explained the graffiti of the inquisition Really worth visiting

Thank bfromLondon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Brilliant explanation of guide but strong and sad history. Despite the torture and pain they painted on the wall expressing their faith, pain and hope. I recommend

Thank Alyn S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We headed to palazzo chiaramonte to view the famous artwork "The Vucciria" by guttusso which at the time we visited was on display elsewhere. But we were not disappointed the museum has so much to offer - from amazing architecture to the moving tour of the inquisition jail. Our tour guide was fantastic with so much knowledge - this is... More 

Thank Michelle L
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We took the italian language tour of the complex, paying only a few euros each. The evidence of the Norman/French Chiaramonte family is very interesting. The graffiti of the imprisoned from the Inquisition is really moving. Images and texts from persecuted priests, foreign (english!) intellectuals, jews and woman give evidence of the horrors of power. A real insight into a... More 

Thank laobhaise
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

the star of this show is not the many hundred year old palazzo and Inquisition prison cells - it is the new modern museum that is built "into and thru" the palazzo. a very slick, understated, elegant and soft touch design. a job very well done.

Thank Mike O
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I went today to see the painting La Vucciria by Renato Guttuso. Sadly we had already booked our holiday to Sicily before discovering that the original had been sent to Milan for the duration of Expo 2015. It has been replaced by a replica photograph by Enzo Brai so I was happy to make the trip to see that. Unfortunately... More 

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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 

Thank EricoTL
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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