Inquisitor's Palace
Inquisitor's Palace
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Inquisitor's Palace, situated in the heart of Vittoriosa, is one of the very few surviving palaces of its kind which, in the early modern period could be found all over Europe and South America. Many of these palaces simply succumbed to the ravages of time or were victims of the anti-reactionary power unleashed by the French Revolution. Fortunately, the Maltese Inquisitor's Palace, throughout its five centuries of history, always hosted high-ranking officials representing the main powers on the island, who therefore ensured its survival.
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  • KmanWent
    Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No one expects the Roman inquisition...
    Quirky building containing all manner of rooms for the grand inquisitor, his staff, and the various miscreants being examined. A very informative history of inquisitors, the building's development, and its uses. Small admission price and a good collection of souvenirs, guidebooks etc. Well worth the trip to Birgu (Beer-Goo).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Serena C
    Cheshire, United Kingdom881 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good insight into Birgu and the inquisition!
    We went to see this palace on a joint ticket with Fort St Angelo. The good thing was that you didn't have to do both in the same day - that would have been too much culture! It was called the Harbour Combo! There is quite a lot of information on the Inquisition (not the Spanish one!) and how people were treated. The building itself is interesting too - lots of ups and downs!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • KMKM
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something different and fun
    Really a good way to see Malta Knights history. It is well done and worth the visit. You can see in 45 min or take longer, it is located very near other major sites. Both kids and adults enjoyed this
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2024
  • Matthew P
    London, United Kingdom5,616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace with gruesome reminders
    Easy to find and full of interesting history. Lots to see and it is quite a large place. Loads of steps to climb. Interesting to see in the walls the changes as time went on and they made changes.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2024
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hungaryforadventure
Columbus, OH58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This palace, site of the Catholic Inquisition in Malta, is fascinating. You've probably heard of the Spanish Inquisition, but there were multiple inquisitions throughout the Catholic world. I was fascinated by the stories of the individuals who came before the Inquisition and to see the prison chambers. Prisoners carved graffiti into the walls, such as boats and flowers. This site gave me perspective on an aspect of history that I didn't know much about.

My husband and I visited with our multi-site ticket, which included the Tarxien Temples and Fort St. Angelo. This ticket is a great value, and I recommend visiting all three locations! You can walk to Fort St. Angelo from the Inquisitor's Palace. The Temples are a short bus or car ride away to a neighboring town.
Written August 2, 2022
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Spare some time if you have already seen the harbor, Saint Lawrence”s church and Saint Angelo’s Fort.

It’s a short visit to an old and many times restored building. There are many museums about the Inquisition around Europe, more illustrative than this one.

There are some cute miniatures on display, that might be interesting for children.
Written February 7, 2022
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Such places always intrigue for what was done in the name of the Roman Catholic religion. Originally law courts for the Knights, the pope appointed the various inquisitors who doled out justice. There was enough description to give you a fair sense of what transpired within the walls. Napoleon put a stop to the inquisition here in 1798.
Written March 23, 2023
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KmanWent
Ashby de la Zouch, UK188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Quirky building containing all manner of rooms for the grand inquisitor, his staff, and the various miscreants being examined. A very informative history of inquisitors, the building's development, and its uses. Small admission price and a good collection of souvenirs, guidebooks etc. Well worth the trip to Birgu (Beer-Goo).
Written August 22, 2023
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Godwin S
Naxxar, Malta202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is the place where so many people would have suffered the biased law of christianity during the middle ages. You could roam around the palace from the Inquisitor's bedroom to the 'court room' and the dungeons. This includes well preserved cells and their cesspits, the torture chamber and the internal courtyard. If you want to get a real sense of how life during the kinght's reign was in Malta and Europe I strongly suggest you visit this placve. It will only take you an hour or two and hence should be included in your itenerary when visting Birgu (Vittoriosa)
Written February 12, 2020
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Claire W
Poole, UK112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Interesting place to visit but completely spoilt by the two massive groups of 40 odd tourists that we were stuck behind. We couldn't see anything properly. Not the fault of the place itself necessarily. What we could see was quite fascinating. However if you allow groups in it would be much fairer on other visitors if those groups were split up into smaller ones which means other visitors can freely pass or be able to view the exhibits.
Written May 21, 2023
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KMKM
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really a good way to see Malta Knights history. It is well done and worth the visit. You can see in 45 min or take longer, it is located very near other major sites. Both kids and adults enjoyed this
Written March 28, 2024
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wherehaveinotbeenyet
Manchester, UK411 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this museum but I was disappointed. It was probably my misunderstanding of what it was about, rather than anything wrong with the museum itself, but I left rather quickly. The garden courtyard was nice to sit outside in though for a bit under the trees.
Written August 31, 2020
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Written November 10, 2020
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Musicians Mum
1,138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Until Napoleon ousted them, this was the residence of the Inquisitor of Malta .,whose job was to ensure that Catholicism was kept pure and untainted. The use of each room is explained with displays, some audio visual,
Rooms include the courts, cells and Inquisitor's apartments .
Not exactly palatial in the true sense of the word.
Interesting displays of Maltese tradition of Christmas cribs, carnival ,Easter and clay models of Maltese populace of early 20 century
Worth walking around the narrow streets of Birgu and looking at the buildings
Lots of steps, narrow doors. Not much to excite small children.
Written January 29, 2022
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Serena C
Cheshire, UK881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We went to see this palace on a joint ticket with Fort St Angelo. The good thing was that you didn't have to do both in the same day - that would have been too much culture! It was called the Harbour Combo! There is quite a lot of information on the Inquisition (not the Spanish one!) and how people were treated. The building itself is interesting too - lots of ups and downs!
Written November 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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