Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena

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Put your stomach to the test with a morbid journey through the murderous history of Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, once the headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition in Cartagena. You can see replicas of torture instruments and imagine the horror faced by victims, many of whom were accused, with little or no evidence, of blasphemy or witchcraft. Despite the famous history of the building and its incredible tourism potential, many guests leave underwhelmed thanks to poor organization and a lack of signage in English. By using our Cartagena vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias and other attractions in Cartagena.
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  • Since it is located in the beautiful building that occupied the Inquisition, people arrive thinking that you will see a multitude of instruments of torture. It actually offers a concise tour through the history of Cartagena. It is a good opportunity to know what is visiting. Two hours may be enough. Costs about six dollars and is opposite the magnificent plaza Bolivar.
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  • Really interesting museum about the History of Cartagena especially Spanish Inquisition in Latin America.  more »
  • The museum is small, with limited information on the Inquisition (downstairs) and Cartagena's history (upstairs), mostly in Spanish. The building and courtyard are beautiful and themselves worth the c...  more »
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  • Excellent museum. If you enjoy history, this is a must stop. Most of the exhibits have English and Spanish.
  • History of nasty Catholic church inquisitions​, instruments used for tortures, detailed accounts, a must to visit. Senior discounts.
  • Beautiful but not for children! In my opinion not for children, strong images, films and artifacts of cruel Inquisition times.
  • I was expecting a lot more, no torture chambers and devices except pictures. The one bizarre thing for which you fork out money is their walking wifi connected guide. Their attempt at humor which I might have excused but for the totally inept and mistimed guided tour. Do not buy this. There was a guillotine and a hanging site. Pics attached.
  • So only about 20% of the stuff is translated in English. So not really worth it unless you have a guide. Therefore don't think the entry fee is worth it for a non-spanish speaker.

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