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Palacio de la Inquisicion

Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 57 5 6644570
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Ranked #25 of 37 Attractions in Cartagena
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.
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Lake of Bays, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This museum about the Inquisition in Cartagena is housed in a beautifully restored colonial complex. Unfortunately the quality of exhibits was poor and depended largely on written histories - primarily in Spanish. Admission cost is high and many of the exhibits were not relevant to the Cartegena inquisition period.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Palacio de la Inquisicion was included in our tour. That was fortunate as everything inside is in Spanish. It would have been hard to take in everything without the guide explaining things in English. The museum was very crowded when we visited which made it hard to see everything. The torture instruments make one realize how brutal the Spanish... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

we visited this museum which had a guillotine, hanging spot , and neck tightener. Event court yard. Don't bother going upstairs! The real thing is in Spain.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The historical information provided is fascinating, and their collection of torture devices used to force people into religious conversion are worth seeing. The building is architecturally interesting, as well.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

pretty interesting classical old building, lots of artwork and items of historical value. The inquisition torture chamber and execution areas were pretty morbid but it is all very interesting. The courtyard is very cool with old cannons and feels like it would have back in the day. there is AC throughout so that helps also if you want a break... More 

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Somerville, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This museum gives a nice history of Cartagena, but we were not wow-ed by the experience. The building and courtyard were nice to walk around, however the exhibits were not that impressive or memorable. Even worse were the multiple tour guides around the museum trying to pressure us into paying for a guided tour. Not worth the time or money.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

History buff or not a history buff, well worth the visit but get a guide to really explain the history. We stayed for 2 hours listening to our guide Corpus, who I would recommend to ask for. Amazing what is done in the name of The Lord.

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The building itself is an interesting piece of architecture with its ornate doorway and little window through which heretics were denounced, but apart from the great architecture, there is not much there. The ground floor contains some exhibits of torture devices (recreations, not authentic) and the courtyard has a replica guillotine in it. Much of the display requires an understanding... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

when you arrive at this museum, seems like a house of horror, but its totally opposite. there are some medieval devices in the first floor but any of them was used against native people, so are there just as an example of how crazy the Spains were. In up level floors you can find histoic events of Cartagena de Indias... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Last weekend I went to the Palacio de la Inquisicion and let me advice you not to waste your time and money there. This is a XVII century house with little information about the inquisition. A few replicas of the torture machinery and even less information about anything else. The first floor is where the inquisition sample is. You can... More 

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