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Palacio de la Inquisicion

Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 57 5 6644570
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Ranked #25 of 36 Attractions in Cartagena
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.
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Somerville, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This museum gives a nice history of Cartagena, but we were not wow-ed by the experience. The building and courtyard were nice to walk around, however the exhibits were not that impressive or memorable. Even worse were the multiple tour guides around the museum trying to pressure us into paying for a guided tour. Not worth the time or money.

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Irvine, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

History buff or not a history buff, well worth the visit but get a guide to really explain the history. We stayed for 2 hours listening to our guide Corpus, who I would recommend to ask for. Amazing what is done in the name of The Lord.

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The building itself is an interesting piece of architecture with its ornate doorway and little window through which heretics were denounced, but apart from the great architecture, there is not much there. The ground floor contains some exhibits of torture devices (recreations, not authentic) and the courtyard has a replica guillotine in it. Much of the display requires an understanding... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

when you arrive at this museum, seems like a house of horror, but its totally opposite. there are some medieval devices in the first floor but any of them was used against native people, so are there just as an example of how crazy the Spains were. In up level floors you can find histoic events of Cartagena de Indias... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Last weekend I went to the Palacio de la Inquisicion and let me advice you not to waste your time and money there. This is a XVII century house with little information about the inquisition. A few replicas of the torture machinery and even less information about anything else. The first floor is where the inquisition sample is. You can... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The Inquisition was indeed active in the New World and this museum tells the story vividly. Not to be missed are the colonization exhibits found on the upper floors.

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Central America
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

There are some basic, but interesting, exhibits on the history of Cartagena. Really not much on the inquisition. Many of the devices displayed come with the disclaimer that they were not used in Cartagena...so tbey are really just displayed for shock value. The building itself is an impressive piece of architecture and was worthwhile to restore, but it could be... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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541 helpful votes 541 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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
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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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52 helpful votes 52 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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