Inquisitor's Palace, Birgu (Vittoriosa)

3.5
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Get a taste of a notorious chapter in history at Inquisitor's Palace, one of the last surviving of its kind and the only one open to the public. This rare experience allows you to view the kitchen, main floor, and private quarters of the Holy Office Tribunal, and even the prison complex and torture chamber. While most such palaces were destroyed during the French Revolution, this particular one survived thanks to the protection of residing officials. Also look for the ethnography museum inside, which displays Malta's religious traditions as consolidated by the Inquisition. Make Inquisitor's Palace a part of your Birgu (Vittoriosa) vacation plans using our Birgu (Vittoriosa) trip maker site.
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  • I found this arguably the most interesting museums on the island and I am glad I visited this place. Interesting place for people who enjoy history. It is part of the joint ticket if you take that...  more »
  • There’s a rather bleak feeling to this museum, in keeping with the work it housed. However, the explanations are good and I gained some understanding of the Roman Inquisition as a kind of...  more »
  • The large palace on three floors is well signed in English and Maltese to explain the Inquisition on Malta plus exhibits of Maltese life. It is interesting especially for adults with an interest in...  more »
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  • Very well preserved and portrayed. Good information in each area with excellent video shows. Lots of steps but enough places to sit if needed.
  • The location is very near the center of town. The owners did a good job in combining modern comforts with an ancient building. The staff is friendly and helpful
  • The exhibition was very interesting. The place itself, of course, is exquisite, but with regards to how to build the exhibition, the viewers expectations, there was room for some improvement. I found it an to be more of a sectioned exhibition than a connecting theme. Some areas had had quite a lot of thought or into how to focus the viewers attention, whereas others were more disconnected from the rest. I managed to get some very good pictures of the paintings, which showed that they clearly do not give the viewer the correct impression of their colourfulness with the lighting they were granted. Still, it was well worth the visit and the admission fee, and I would happily go back for another look.
  • I personally enjoyed it a lot. Impressive building and very informative exhibition. What I really liked was that I understood Maltese culture a lot more deeply after I left.
  • Very interesting and well worth the 6 euro entrance fee. I spent 3 hours walking around all of the exhibits and it was great to have lots of video with tales and explanations either in English or with English subtitles. I would highly recommend visiting but can understand it's not the best for young children as you need patience to read and look around.

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