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Address: C/ Jesus Otero, 1, 39330 Santillana del Mar, Spain
Phone Number: +34 942 84 02 73
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A great torture museum

Very interesting Museum in a town that really is just a massive tourist trap. Santillana del Mar is full of tourists and shops now so the past charm is really almost non-existent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Segovia, Spain
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Segovia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Very interesting Museum in a town that really is just a massive tourist trap. Santillana del Mar is full of tourists and shops now so the past charm is really almost non-existent. Anyway the Museum was a pleasant surprise. Full of torture instruments and descriptive explanations! The price is good so I would really recommend a visit!

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Small museum with real artefacts of the various 'instruments' used in torture. Good use of information used. Some very frank details given - not for the faint-hearted!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The museum exhibits show and describe how various methods of torture, punishment, humiliation and death were used during the period of the Inquisition. If you are in Santillana del Mar its worth an hour of your time to see this interesting exhibition.

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Cala d'Or, Spain
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20 reviews 20 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We were staying in beautiful Santilliana del Mar and decided to visit the museum. We found it informative and interesting. Some of the torture exhibits are original and others replicas of the horrendous ways people were tortured many centuries ago. You willfind it horrific, gruesome, and disgusting, its original, I defy most people to see all the exhibits before leaving!... More 

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Berkshire
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

All has been said. My husband walked out after about 20 minutes as though it just so awful. Please don't take children- truly the stuff of nightmares. I found it more fascinating - certainly NOT entertaining, and also wished there had been more about the inquisition and some historical context. All a bit random.

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pembrokeshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Left us feeling glad to be living in this country, in this century and in this part of that century!! Eye-watering exhibits that make you appalled at how inventive we have been in the art of hurting other people over the years. Some in use until much later than you could ever believe. Fascinating and disgusting all at once.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was an interesting and unexpected find in the old town. For €3,60 each it was a bargain. A display of torture equiptment some of it originals, some recreations and some were just benign versions of similar tools. However it was the descriptions alongside them that brought them to life with gruesome details of the damage each one could do... More 

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Springville, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this was like a training school for a Dahmer-type person! Informative, but not inspirational for sure. Perhaps some of the stuff was used in the Inquisition, but it wasn't Inquisition-specific. There was no history of the Inquisition or many references to it.

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Not for the faint-hearted; a strong stomach is a must. This was so macabre it was gripping. I never realised that people could find so many creative ways to kill each other, in the most agonising ways imaginable. There are several full size exhibits outside and an upstairs room full of implements, which were used to stretch, gouge, slash, hack,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

First you have to accept the concept that torture can be entertaining and enlightening. History is made in many ways. The scariest part is that some of these techniques are still used today.(waterboarding). As always, learning something new makes for an iinteresting travel day! This might be a little to harsh for young children.

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