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Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 57 5 6644570
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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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Great building - museum direction different than what the travel books say.

The history of the building is interesting and the architecture is nice but there are more impressive structures in the city - the wall around Cartegena and the former nunnery... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Ed N
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The history of the building is interesting and the architecture is nice but there are more impressive structures in the city - the wall around Cartegena and the former nunnery converted to the Hotel Santa Clara. The good news is the number of people who the church deemed so dangerous that their lives became forfeit averaged about one per year... More 

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Thank Ed N
Madison, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was expecting a little more on the inquisition than what they had, seeing as this was one of 3 sites in the Americas where tribunals were held by the "Holy" office. They also had a regional museum on the second floor. Of Note: I went on a Sunday and there was no admission charge.

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Thank Daryl F
Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The place is interesting, but not much left about the inquisition except panels with information. No exhibitions at the moment. The most interesting thing is the architecture of the palace.

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Thank Giovanni R
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not to many things to see available during our visit but the stories and the torture gadgets were enough to creep you out. Most of the tourists enjoyed taking pictures putting their heads inside the guillotine, just imagine a small accident. It's a pretty that everything was Spanish only (no English translation on anything). Currently (February 2016) under renovation. Free... More 

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Thank Eric K
Anchorage
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting museum about the Inquisition but also more general historical information about Cartagena. If you Spanish isn't good, consider hiring a guide and try to find others to share the cost. Takes about an hour.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

NO ,It is not a thrill ride. It is a close look into the darkest of times. It is almost creepier because the place that holds the museum of the Inquisition sits right in the very building where the actual inquisition operated.. The "Holy inquisition" stopped in the 1700's so our collective memory is fading. Well, here is a mini-reminder.... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the museum has been through an "upgrade" in the past 5 months, the overall experience is a lack of displayed artifacts and an overpriced ticket.

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Brimfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the visit....some great historical information....and some unpleasant torture implements...housed Ina large beautiful building ...well worth the $6 entry fee.

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

more modern installations than historical. literally 3 models of inquisition torture and a guillotine and allow. Don't want to seem ghoulish but this really wasn't much given the build up. lovely building and courtyard but if you are looking to learn a lot about the slave trade and the more gruesome side of the inquisition this is not a good... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour through the Inquisition museum was very interesting and insightful. While it's not all that big and in-depth, the artifacts and information provided paint a very clear picture of what we should and should not be as humans.

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