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Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 57 5 6644570
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Description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish...
This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.
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Interesting, but a little short on artifacts.

This is a small museum, with about a half dozen Inquisition related items. There are other exhibits that inform about indigenous people and the trade of slaves. Considering that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum, with about a half dozen Inquisition related items. There are other exhibits that inform about indigenous people and the trade of slaves. Considering that it's billed as an Inquisition museum, I would have thought there would have been more related to that though. The placards are in Spanish, but we downloaded the free Google translate... More 

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Key West, Florida
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The building is beautiful. Very little English on the displays, and per our tour guide, most of the instruments of torture were not used in Cartagena. For example, the inquisition was over by the time the guillotine came to be, and there is a large guillotine on display.

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Long Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I enjoyed the building much more than the small collection. It is lovely with many interesting patterns and shapes for photos. Good place to get out of the rain. Guide included with admission.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wish I read some of these reviews before visiting this museum. Poorly curated exhibits and our guide was less than useful. Not expensive to hire but he was terrible and passed on incorrect information from the start. He was more into doing theatre pieces and casting us into roles as slaves and heretics then leading a tour. Instead of a... More 

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Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

One of the interested by standers was willing to give it a try. It looks really uncomfortable! We were there to observe, only!

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Vancouver, BC
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The Inquisition Palace is now known as the Historical Museum of Cartagena. This is where prisoners were tortured during the Spanish Inquisition. It was sobering to see all the gruesome instruments of torture on display, including the rack with ropes positioned to stretch its victims. You really felt pity for all the poor victims when you heard their stories, such... More 

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Katy, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It was great to get to know a little more about the history of Cartagena but it was not very kid friendly as they explain all the different ways they would torture people. On the bright side, they do offer a bilingual tour guide which was helpful for my husband and daughter that didn't speak Spanish.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I was nervous that I was wasting my money on the guide but given that everything was in Spanish and I am not quite fluent, she helped tremendously. I was definitely affected by some of the stories and the history she explained, especially the criteria for which one was deemed a witch. It is oppressive at times, but it's a... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I've visited a couple of museums on torture and/or the inquisition (although this is the first one that I've chosen to review). This museum is housed in a historic structure and is centrally located in the Walled City of Cartagena. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that most of these museums display the same instruments of torture...and, for those who... More 

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Museum a bit dated, but Tony Ruiz was wonderful English-speaking guide. Although there were a few English placards, the English speaking guides are readily available and reasonable.

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Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 57 5 6644570
Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena

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