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Museum of the Inquisition, Lima

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Shine a light on one of the darkest aspects of the colonial era in Peru at Museum of the Inquisition, a grisly but fascinating museum. From 1570 until 1820, the Holy Office and tribunal of the Peruvian Inquisition tortured and punished those deemed to have committed heresy, blasphemy, and associated "crimes." Through life-size reconstructions, images, and collections of artifacts, the museum explains the treatment of those accused--primarily indigenous peoples--and explores the political, social, and legal issues surrounding the inquisition. Located in the old prison used for detaining, torturing, and trying the accused, the museum has a dark and somber atmosphere, and features images and exhibits that some visitors may find distressing. Make Museum of the Inquisition part of your personalized Lima itinerary using our Lima travel itinerary maker.
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One of Peru's most expensive destinations, Lima offers accommodations that range from modern hotel high-rises to family-run guesthouses. Most visitors stay in Barranco, Miraflores, or San Isidro, three of the city's safest and prettiest neighborhoods, which offer a good selection of budget lodgings. For something truly authentic, look for hotels located in restored mansions, many of which offer pleasant rooms overlooking manicured enclosed gardens, ideal for enjoying romantic meals or hosting small private parties.
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  • A major place to understand one of the dark sides of Spanish colonization : the inquisition and the sadistic methods which were implemented during this era...  more »
  • This place was grotesque and a little too realistic for my tastes, especially the torture rooms, but definitely explained a lot about the history. You will have a good feel for the inquisition in S Am...  more »
  • The evils of horrendous "religious" activities done "in the name of God." This museum reveals the horrible torture methods of the Inquisition as the made men confess to things they did not do to end t...  more »
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  • Sign saying that it's closed completely. And of course they never updated the website. Don't waste your time with this.
  • Closed no information on website and asked person when got there said no date for when they will open. Tried to call no response. FYI
  • Nice building but closed for renovations
  • A place to learn about Lima history
  • When you come here be sure to visit the catacombs, in the museum you can see the court and marteling methods, then you go down and visit the catacombs and see the walls made with the prisoners bones, there you follow the tunnels and comeback to the surface into the church two blocks away. It can be quite the journey and you definitely can make a day of it.