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Palacio de la Inquisicion

Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 57 5 6644570
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Ranked #24 of 40 Attractions in Cartagena
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.
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Antigua, Guatemala
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

On our list of things to do while in Cartagena was the Palacio de la Iquisicion. The building itself is a tribute to colonial architecture. Standing almost three stories,(It's really two but it feels higher), with gorgeous columns and spacious stairways and beautiful large courtyards, it alone is a sight. Aside from the obvious history lesson that you get from... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I consider this restored late-colonial building by the Plaza de Bolivar to be one of the most beautiful in Cartagena. For those with an interest in architecture, I recommend coming here to simply look at the exterior. One of the main features is a massive Baroque-style stone gateway. An interesting detail occurs on the side of the palace, where a... More 

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Paris, France
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We came expecting to get a deep insight of the Inquisition in the New World as Cartagena was among the 3 major centers of the Spanish Inquisition but we came out very much disappointed. First of all, most of the exhibits were in Spanish. For a museum displaying the ICOM (International Council of Museums) logo, you would at least expect... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Before entering the museum you will be offered a COP 20,000 English-language guided tour (on top of the admission ticket). Since this was pretty cheap, we decided to go for it. The tour starts off reasonably interesting but towards the end it had meandered off-topic to things such as movies filmed in Cartagena (no, Romancing the Stone wasn't despite what... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We were enjoyed visiting this historic place and learn about history of the Cartagena. It is a real place with paintings and real old things where you can just imagine horror of the time of inquisition. Try to have a guide, walls not talk.

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Lake of Bays, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

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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18 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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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