The Palace of Inquisition, also known as the Inquisition Palace, (Spanish: Palacio de la Inquisición Spanish pronunciation: [paˈlasjo ðe laĩŋkisiˈsjõn]) is an eighteenth-century the seat of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Cartagena, now in modern Colombia. Finished around 1770, it currently serves as a museum showcasing historical artifacts. Among the many historical artifacts, the museum displays torture equipment used on victims during the inquisition. These items were removed from display in 2015 prior to visits to Colombia by Pope Francis. They have since partially returned and are again on display. The museum has been described as "one of the finer buildings" in Cartagena. Cited as one of Cartagena's "best examples of late colonial, civil architecture", it faces the Parque de Bolívar.
The establishment of the Palace was decreed by Philip III. Since Cartagena was a center of commerce, a transit point between the Caribbean and Spanish settlements in western South America, the city became the third in the Spanish empire to have a tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. Some merchants were Portuguese and suspected of being crypto-Jews (Jews passing as Christian). During the period 1580-1640, the crown of Portugal and that of Spain were ruled by the same monarch, and the period saw many Portuguese merchants active in Spain's overseas colonies. Established in 1610, the current building was completed much later. The Palace was used by Inquisition to try Jews and other non-Catholics and about 800 individuals believed guilty of crimes such as black magic were publicly executed there.
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
Carol Thompson | Feb 7, 2018
Interesting historical museum in a beautiful setting of colonial mansions. Easy to understand and navigate. Most signs are in Spanish, but video and some information is in English. There is a audio guide, but you have to download an app on your phone to get it, for a cost of 6000 pesos. Free wifi available within the museum. Also visit the Gold Museum directly across the park. Free and interesting to make a good combo with this museum. Takes about 2-3 hours to cover both.
Ondrej Dolejsi | Feb 2, 2018
Explains the history of the region really well. I wish every text was translated to English as well. You still get a lot but if I had to guess I'd say maybe 1 out off 5 exhibit descriptions or just texts on the wall are translated to English. Definitely go have a look at the garden, the tree covering the entirety of it is amazing.
Kurt Von Krausewitz | Mar 5, 2018
A stunning building in the heart of old Cartagena. Some good artifacts and local history related to the Spanish Inquisition. Well worth a trip.
Brad Rickman | Feb 22, 2018
An interesting theme and a big topic, obviously; but the exhibits are thin, and the museum ends up mostly consisting of writing on walls, with little primary documentation or recreation. Worth a visit, but breeze through.
Eric P | Feb 15, 2018
Only the first floor has exhibits related to the Inquisition and only about 40% of the text is in English. There are some historical exhibits on the third floor which are ok and the second floor had a temporary exhibit which was not very good.
Melissa Segovia | Apr 3, 2018
From the outside it looks like this Museum doesn't have much to offer, but that is definitely not the case! It is important to understand our history and see how it has shaped modern society. The courtyards are beautiful and give you a quiet space to relax.
Gill Ní Choilean | Jul 25, 2018
Arrived to find out entry is $20,000 each (per adult). For people who don't speak Spanish you'll get to enjoy approx 1/3 of the exhibits, everything else is solely Spanish. I am currently physically restricted, I have to use crutches to walk. Unfortunately this museum is not accessible for people on crutches. I managed the ground floor but was unable to see 1st or 2nd floor. My boyfriend saw the artifacts on the upper floors while I waited downstairs and felt they weren't worth seeing. Fair play to the people who work here, I got in for free due to my disability which was kind of them. The thing is, if I had had to pay the $20,000 to get into this museum I'm afraid I would have been sorely underwhelmed. On the ground floor there's three items inside that are cool (sort of torture collars with spikes etc), there's a hangman's rope and a guillotine outside and that's it really. I wouldn't recommend it to any tourist who is not fluent in Spanish.
Nathan Rollins | Jul 19, 2018
Pretty cool place to visit. They need to put more English signs for the tourists who don't speak Spanish. Lots of historical information there and interesting artifacts.
Brian Feldman | Jul 9, 2018
Looks at the history of Cartagena and how it received it's independence from the Spanish as well as African culture in the area. Most descriptions in Spanish. Takes about 1.5 - 2 hours.
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