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Palacio de la Inquisicion

Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
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Ranked #23 of 33 attractions in Cartagena
Type: Historic Sites
Description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Other than displays of the instruments of torture ( which it seems are reproductions ) in the courtyard, there is nothing else of more than minimal interest here. The entrance fee was 16000 CLP which is a mild estafa ( look it up ). Also note the somewhat laughable and self-absorbed modern "art" in certain areas of the museum. Go... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This was my first time to Cartagena. I toured the Palacio de la Inquisicion with Angel Gomez. He was wonderful and spoke very fluent English and French. The exhibition is dated and content was from Spain. He however went way above the standard tour and answered many questions I had. He is professional and enjoyable to be with. He is... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I recommend this museum for the hottest part of the day when you just can walk around outside anymore. There's a nice shaded courtyard that's a wonderful place to spend sometime out of the sun, just don't mind the gallows set up on one side. I can't speak to whether the instruments of torture housed here are original or reproductions,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I slipped in with a tour group and therefore escaped the entrance fee and the 30,000 pesos guide fee. I really only wanted to see the art that was part of the 1st Cartagena Biennial and THAT WAS EXCELLENT but the Inquisition Museum was a few, not very interesting, what looked like reproductions of torture instruments in a small courtyard.... More

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Alamo, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

If I were Torquemada ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom%C3%A1s_de_Torquemada) I'd be pissed. This former Spanish Inquisition HQ since 1770 thru independence 1811 has nothing to show apart from some fake instruments used only in Spain. Not in the new world. The only updated area is the entrance where you pay 16,000 COP'S and then tour guides solicit you for 30,000 to rattle off... More

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The building is impressive and so it was nice to look around there. The inquisition part was being refurbished when we went so there were only the instruments outside, on the ground and first floor there was a rather strange temporary art exhibition. On the top floor was exhibits about the history of Cartagena but only the big main plaque... More

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West Valley City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

My husband and I went to the Palacio de la Inquisicion on our city tour when we went to Cartagena on a Panama Canal cruise. We found it interesting and informative, but a little on the morbid side as our tour guide showed us a number of instruments of torture and punishment, and told us of the justice system in... More

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Los Angeles, California
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246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Spent more than 1 hour here today. Exhibits in English and Spanish, though English translation is a bit shorter and not every plaque is translated. Good array of artifacts, displays and more. Beautiful building off Plaza Bolivar. Inquisition instruments are disturbing. They are remodeling some of the exhibit rooms as of 30 January 2014 so some of the displays are... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We expected this museum to focus on the Inquisition. There was a small, fascinating courtyard area covering the Inquisition that included some gruesome tools of torture. The rest of the museum is a history of the city and had some artwork. For the hefty price, we would not recommend coming here. The building is interesting, however. There is a lot... More

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Edison, New Jersey
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

It is worth stopping into the museam to see the exhibit on the history of Cartagena, including the models of the city in its various stages, and to see the various tools of torture from the Inquisition. About 20 of the explanations of the exhibits are translated into English- the rest are for Spanish speakers only. English speaking guides are... More

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