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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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Interesting building, average museum

The building as such is certainly worth visiting. It is one of the main historical monuments in the Old City, in Spanish colonial style. The museum inside rather unimpressive... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Warsaw
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The building as such is certainly worth visiting. It is one of the main historical monuments in the Old City, in Spanish colonial style. The museum inside rather unimpressive - torturę equipment, old maps, portraits of generals, some weapons. Nice but nothing really thrilling.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Inside the ancient walled city of Cartagena, Colombia you sense the history of the place. Among the sites are the Palacio de la Inquisicion, no surprises here. It is the horrendous history of a country that was exploited for its gold centuries ago.

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melbourne
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It is well worth getting a guide to enjoy this attraction... I was lucky enough to meet Mr Angel Gomez Cantillo who was a most erudite guide and we had a lot of fun. His English is great and he also very kindly helped me with my beginner Spanish. I learnt a lot of history in a most enjoyable way.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The building is pretty and the artefacts are interesting but we got stuck with a terrible guide, he said he could speak English but we could hardly understand him and he barely gave us any information. He also wasn't able to answer any of our questions. Total rip off. We would have been better off using our limited Spanish and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is in a cool, historical building, and I found the torture tools to be interesting. My only complaint was that there was plenty of Spanish text, explaining the exhibits, but almost none in English. You have to pay extra for an English tour guide. If you don't speak Spanish, you should probably get a guide, otherwise the museum isn't... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a small museum, with about a half dozen Inquisition related items. There are other exhibits that inform about indigenous people and the trade of slaves. Considering that it's billed as an Inquisition museum, I would have thought there would have been more related to that though. The placards are in Spanish, but we downloaded the free Google translate... More 

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The building is beautiful. Very little English on the displays, and per our tour guide, most of the instruments of torture were not used in Cartagena. For example, the inquisition was over by the time the guillotine came to be, and there is a large guillotine on display.

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Long Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I enjoyed the building much more than the small collection. It is lovely with many interesting patterns and shapes for photos. Good place to get out of the rain. Guide included with admission.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wish I read some of these reviews before visiting this museum. Poorly curated exhibits and our guide was less than useful. Not expensive to hire but he was terrible and passed on incorrect information from the start. He was more into doing theatre pieces and casting us into roles as slaves and heretics then leading a tour. Instead of a... More 

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Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

One of the interested by standers was willing to give it a try. It looks really uncomfortable! We were there to observe, only!

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