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Palacio de la Inquisicion

Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
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Ranked #21 of 39 attractions in Cartagena
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.
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Mississauga, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A place to visit, full of Cartagena history. All torture artifacts and the explanation of how it were used on people help us to understand how cruel was the Inquisition with habitants of the colonies.

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I usually don't like spending the extra money for a guide but my cousin was insistent and I'm glad because it turned out really well. The guide gave us in depth stories about the history and use of each item, let us "step into" some of the torture instruments and take pictures, he was incredibly informative and friendly. He spoke... More

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited this museum in June. In my opinion it was a bit too expensive for what you get. You enter the museum through a courtyard, and of course, like everywhere else, there will be someone trying to get you to buy a guided tour. We elected not to do the guided tour since many of the signs were also... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I dipped into this museum during the hottest part of the day. At 16000 pesos each we expected some pretty good exhibits. We were disappointed. First, there is little info in English. No brochure and very few placards with info in english. This was fine for us since we both are fluent Spanish speakers ... But still,... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Cartagena is a very special place to me. Cartagena is in my heart. It's a very hot place, but at night the brise is magical. You most wear comfortable clothes during the day to walk around the city. El Palacio de la Inquisicion at the Bolivar's Plaza, it will bring you a lot of history memories. You will learn so... More

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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Well worth the visit- grandpa will have a grand old time putting himself in a noose and pretending his neck is about to snap for the benefit of the little 'uns. Beautiful spot, horrible history… and afterwards you can grab a bite and drink nearby.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed it even though we do not speak Spanish nor is there an audio guide or brochure in English. There are live guides for 35,000 pesos. There is enough in English to keep it informative and the torture instruments need no explanation. Some good history of the area depicted. Worthwhile especially since most has air conditioning.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Visited the Palacio. Upon entering the courtyard, a tour guide began giving us history. The cashier had informed us that the tour guide fee was not included in price of the ticket (16,000 COP). We politely turned him down. Five steps later, a woman began her history lesson. We told her thanks, but no thanks and headed into the two... More

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Orlando, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The museum is very interesting, it really offers a good look at a critical part of Cartagena's (and really latin american) history. The tour guide however... He was so bad... it seemed he memorized every single word. He also spoke really fast, to the point I could not understan what he was saying (and spanish is my first language). He... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

My son & I took shelter from the heat in this interesting museum. It is a little distressing seeing all the instruments of torture but that is history. Most of the signs are written in Spanish with only a few translated to English. Before you purchase entry tickets there are English speaking tour guides there ( we didn't realise)- pay... More

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