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Inquisition Palace

One of the must-visit sites in Cartagena de Indias is the Palace of the Inquisition, whose imposing front cover on the entire front of the old Plaza Mayor, today of Bolívar, is one of the symbols that identify this city.

From the outset, the first impact is produced by the serene and superb architecture of this house built in the 18th century for the operation of the Court of the Holy Office of the Inquisition and recently restored with the total recovery of all its original values, within which The impressive masterpiece of its woodwork developed in its gates, balconies, ceilings and windows, which constitute a silent tribute to the hundreds of anonymous artisans who left their mark on their talent, stands out here.

Your tour begins with two complete rooms full of torture devices, used here by the Cartagena chapter of the Spanish Inquisition. Between 1776 and 1821, when the heroes of Independence prohibited the practice, hundreds of people were tortured and some killed, on suspicion of heresy or incursion into witchcraft.

Location: 32nd Street, Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia.

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