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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  • June 30, 2017
    The sculptures have the face of fear and astonishment of all museums human figures using, but it is a good example of the history of the colonial Lima and the Holy Inquisition. There are also some artifacts of torture. If we are by the Centre it is worth devoting an hour for your visit.
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  • May 13, 2017
    The place is closed, the locals say that it is always closed or they are always remodeling it, bad thing is that outside do not say when they will open it. The problem is that for a traveler who visited the place for a few days, brings us a great disappointment the go and visit, and do not give any information when opened.
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  • May 10, 2017
    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 »
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  • May 15, 2017
    Sign saying that it's closed completely. And of course they never updated the website. Don't waste your time with this.
  • February 14, 2017
    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
  • August 7, 2017
    Super busy amazing buildings
  • April 26, 2017
    Nice building but closed for renovations
  • April 5, 2017
    A place to learn about Lima history

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