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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

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Address: Piazza Marina 61, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Wonderful History and maintenance of incredible drawings in Prison for Inquistion

Was great learning from Olga the whole history of the building outside from 1300's built by the Chiaramonte's over an Arabic Ceramic factory site and transitioning from French to... read more

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Alameda, California
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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was great learning from Olga the whole history of the building outside from 1300's built by the Chiaramonte's over an Arabic Ceramic factory site and transitioning from French to Spanish and the extremely cruel Spanish Inquistion in the 1680's through the 1800's...It was ethnic cleansing using religionas a guise...extreme cruelty to those that were unbeliever's to those that were believers... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating museum which explores the Spanish inquisition in Palermo. Former cells have been restored to reveal graffiti and artwork left by former prisoners. Visit is by guided tour only and when we visited it was pretty quiet. We were in a small tour party (less than 10 people in total) and the guide was excellent, explaining everything in detail and... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most unique places in Palermo. It is actually the central building of the University, though in older times was the Tribunal of the Inquisition and a prison. You can see in the walls the remains ofthe drawings of the prisoners. It is amazing. Definitely worth the visit.

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New Romney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit, we mainly came to see the painting ' La Vucciria' by Renato Guttuso and were a bit surprised to have to take a guided tour. We are so glad we did as the cell drawings from the Spanish Inquisition were fantastic, and it's good to have someone explain to you what you are seeing and pointing... More 

Thank Kentish2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Enter the worst former prison and the best University meeting context. UNESCO reccomended, in the Arab and Norman treasures way from Monreale, to Palermo, to Cefalù

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Bagan, Myanmar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The Palazzo can only be visited on a tour, and there is a park with sprawling banyan trees right in front of it where you can cool your heels until the next one begins. It is well worth it. The building is lovely but the main attraction here is the role it played during the Inquisition, when its high-ceilinged rooms... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Here you will take a tour of where the Spanish Inquisition went on. The tour is about an hour and with all things in Palermo - only a minimal charge. Don't miss it as you can see the prisoners drawings and writings. Many of these prisoners were scholars.

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Valhalla, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is a building that housed prisoners of the inquisition. The upper floors are okay but the lower floors are the interesting part with lots of elaborate graffiti left by the prisoners.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We turned up at 1140 on a Wednesday and luckily enough there was an English language tour at 1200. It was a fascinating tour around a beautiful old palace, and provided a unique insight into Sicilian life over the last 1000 years. Highly recommended.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

This UNESCO site is only available for private tours as it is attached to the university administration. The visit can be in English, French, or Italian for 8€ per adult (3€ for UNESCO employees, free for kids). It lasts an hour and explores the 14th c castle as well as prison cells with original graffiti from when the complex was... More 

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