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Inquisitor's Palace, Birgu (Vittoriosa)

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History Museum Museum
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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Birgu (Vittoriosa) holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Inquisitor's Palace and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Located in the former "Palace", though that's bright exaggerated. Visit up to 30 minutes of your time worth
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  • Nice compact museum. Not everything works 100% (beamers), but interesting to see how the Roman Inquisition proceeded. About 1 hour do you have enough. Be pretty hot inside.
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  • After the decision was made however the Inquisitor did not leave and remained on in Malta making decisions that were not needed about things they were not invited there to handle- the Christian Church...  more »
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  • Nice museum, but it felt as though it lacked... a critical view of the Maltese inquisition. It makes it sound like torture was a rare occurrence, or at least more rare than in France / Spain, but doesn't provide "proof" of that.
  • Stunning place! Had a staff evaluation here last Friday and it was beautiful!
  • Interesting place. If you have a lot of time on your hands, go for it.
  • The interesting part being the actual palace and chambers etc are at the very end after all the other stuff.
  • This museum is not bad. If you have bought Malta Pass go in, if you didn't you can pass.

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