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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

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Address: Piazza Marina 61, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0916075306
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Spanish Inquisition History here

Here you will take a tour of where the Spanish Inquisition went on. The tour is about an hour and with all things in Palermo - only a minimal charge. Don't miss it as you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Here you will take a tour of where the Spanish Inquisition went on. The tour is about an hour and with all things in Palermo - only a minimal charge. Don't miss it as you can see the prisoners drawings and writings. Many of these prisoners were scholars.

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Valhalla, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a building that housed prisoners of the inquisition. The upper floors are okay but the lower floors are the interesting part with lots of elaborate graffiti left by the prisoners.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We turned up at 1140 on a Wednesday and luckily enough there was an English language tour at 1200. It was a fascinating tour around a beautiful old palace, and provided a unique insight into Sicilian life over the last 1000 years. Highly recommended.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This UNESCO site is only available for private tours as it is attached to the university administration. The visit can be in English, French, or Italian for 8€ per adult (3€ for UNESCO employees, free for kids). It lasts an hour and explores the 14th c castle as well as prison cells with original graffiti from when the complex was... More 

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I never understood the scope of the Inquisition until I visited this museum, that is housed in this 2 story mansion. Educated Catholics who did not support the inquisition were thrown into this prison over a period of 500 years. The museum is staffed with university students who give interesting tours. The prisoners' artwork is quite moving!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I'm speaking specifically about the inquisition museum which is by piazza marina. I highly recommend a tour to have a far superior understanding of the significance of the gems of this place. Our guide was fantastic with a great knowledge of the place and periods involved and spoke of different interesting topics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is a huge building, part of the university in the Moorish quarter. You have to take a tour either 8 or 5 Euros depending on age. You see the magnificent main rooms but the amazing part is the prison quarters. It was used as a prison for at least 200 years and much of the graffiti is still there.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

You have to go on a guided tour and the guide was good. I would have given 5 stars if she hadn't also taken some Italians on the supposedly English tour that was supposed to take an hour so you only got have half of the hour of the tour in English which was frustrating. We found the museum by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We decided to do the tour of this palazzo because we had heard about the inquisition museum that it housed. We were fascinated by that part of the tour but also learned much more than we anticipated from our tour guide Roberta. She was knowledgeable and engaging regarding art, art history, and architecture. She also provided insight about the drawings... More 

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We found Palazzo Steri not so much by looking on Tripadvisor or similar but because we walked round Piazza Marina on our city walk. The building impressed on the outside but little prepares you for the unusual grafitti by prisoners of the Spanish Inquisition inside the cells. We went on a well managed English language tour (with heavy Italian accent... More 

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