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Palacio de la Inquisicion

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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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we hired a guide at the entrance ($5 a couple) or it would have been difficult to visit this museum, as everything is in Spanish, also we asked for pensioner rate and halved the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

we hired a guide at the entrance ($5 a couple) or it would have been difficult to visit this museum, as everything is in Spanish, also we asked for pensioner rate and halved the cost of the entrance fee, I agree it would not have been worth the visit at full price but having a guide made all the difference.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited on March 9, 2015. This is located just outside the Plaza de Bolivar. It was the most expensive attractions we visited while within the Old City. The first floor was filled with various torture devices and the courtyard contained a gallows. All signage was in Spanish but there are several telephone applications that will translate for you if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The building itself may be more interesting than the artifacts it houses. On the ground floor there are some original instruments of torture, some recreations. The second floor concentrates on the history of Cartagena and is probably the most worthwhile part of the museum. The guides are not included in the entrance fee and are not museum staff.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Most expensive museum I went to in Cartagena, and it had the least to offer. There simply wasn't much here.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The museum is expensive and it is in shambles. The first floor is very badly preserved. There are few pieces and there is no information in english, only in Spanish. The tour guides do not speak english well enough although they say they do and charge extra money for it. The second floor is a little better but the museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This whole place is filled with examples of torture equipment used by the Catholic Church during the Inquisition. Most of them are very gruesome and you can just imagine that anyone subjected to such atrocities would admit to anything just to get them to stop. What kind of evil, twisted mind is capable of coming up with these things..and supposedly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It's not a very big museum, but it's pretty interesting and definitely worth visiting. There are 2 floors with the Inquisition history in the 1st floor and the history of Cartagena in the 2nd. There was a woman who offered us her help as a guide, but we went by ourselves and when she was telling some explanations to someone... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The price is a little high for the limited amount of exhibits. Some general English translations, but not too many for the specific displays. The building is quite lovely and has a nice view of the plaza outside. The second floor had almost no English labels, but did have some nice dioramas of what Cartagena looked like previously. One section... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The museum did not seem to be curated thoughtfully and the guide we paid for was not worth the money or time. The museum as mentioned by the paid guide features gallows and nooses which he said were not related to the inquisition at all. Additionally, the first floor talked about witch hunting and the top floor about the history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was my favourite museum in all of Colombia. We paid 15000 COP each for a tour with a guide and it was more than worth it. Our guide spoke English with a bit of a strong accent but he really knew his stuff. The tour took over an hour and there was a lot of information to take in.... More 

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