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Palacio de la Inquisicion

Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
57 5 6644570
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Ranked #26 of 41 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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Singapore, Singapore
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729 reviews 729 reviews
419 attraction reviews
437 helpful votes 437 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately this museum hasn't invested in some basic translation services so as to be able to offer English speaking visitors the opportunity to understand the exhibits better. There's quite a lot of interesting material, but with only basic Spanish these are not easily understood.

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Brooklyn, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were running out of places to explore in Cartagena so we decided to visit. Not sure it's worth the price of admission, but we probably spent an hour walking around looking at the exhibitions. There are some scary torture devices that are interesting to gawk at. There's also a nice yard adjacent to the museum with some beautiful vegetation... More

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Being highly recommended in the Lonely Planet guide we decided to visit. The entrance fees are exorbitant for Colombia so we were expecting something decent. There are about eight torture devices in a room, which takes all of about 10 minutes to see and read the limited explanations aside of them. If you can't read Spanish then the rest of... More

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

As per other reviews,this is a poor museum. Tickets are 16,000 pesos per person - ridiculously over priced! And if you are an English speaker and interested about how the inquisition took place in Cartagena you won't find out that information here as that would all be in Spanish and the only way to find that out is if you... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Is the few museums that explain the history of the city. Don't only is about inquisition, is also, the evolution of the wall city, the colonial time and the independence

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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161 reviews 161 reviews
74 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum isn't very big and half of the exhibits were closed. There are a lot of steps, so not good for the disabled. Also, note, everything is in Spanish (no translations). Some nice exhibits, but I wouldn't spend the money.

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Mississauga, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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