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Museum of the Inquisition

Address: C/ Jesus Otero, 1, 39330 Santillana del Mar, Spain
Phone Number: +34 942 84 02 73
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Cala d'Or, Spain
15 reviews 15 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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21 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
46 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Paris, France
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This is a history of what christians have done to jewish people before muslims came and conquered southern spain and gave protection and rights back to jews.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Rather an ignominious exterior but don't let that fool you. A ghouls delight, or for those more normal visitors - really hideous. Glad we went but the matter of fact way the exhibits were labelled left nothing to the imagination and appalled and amazed in equal proportion. A hellish museum in a heavenly village.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Highly enlightening. The only thing is that three months later I still find the memories of the methods of torture quite harrowing. A real eye opener

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