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“The real prisons ”

Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati
Ranked #18 of 418 things to do in Palermo
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This building, currently home to the University Rectorate, was the location of several rulers of this ancient town. Interesting graffiti covering the room walls used during the Spanish Inquisition period. The story is interesting and the local guide well prepared.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Visit is by guided tour which lasts 45 minutes. The graffiti and stories behind it are fascinating. We felt the tour was a bit rushed and we would have liked an opportunity to return to the cells and read the graffiti. However, highly recommended.

Thank Douglas645
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

The palace has a magnificent courtyard, with signs of the genetic mix between Christian and Muslim styles, typical of XII and XIII century Sicily. Even more appreciated the absence of subsequent redundant baroque additions typical of Palermo, the palace remained true to its origins being abandoned as s residence and utilized , for at least a century since 1601 as a prison for the Aragonese inquisition. The drawings in the cells are unique, no other place in the word can bring to life such terrible and, at the same time, elegant testimony. Forget Guttuso, who cares, anyway overrated.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Alesso our guide is very knowledgeable. He is adjusting his English and French. Its a book your time w/ guide basis in visiting the museum. You can buy the time ticket in advance, just be there on time. Missed the Vucciria painting as it arrived from tour. But the paintings of the prisoners and the stories behind it are worth it.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We had seen pictures of the ancient graffiti on the walls of this palace and were curious to have a look. On arrival we were told that entrance was by tour only and would cost 8 euros. My husband isn't big on tours but he agreed and it was well worth it. Our guide Roberta took us on a journey through the history of the building that covered hundreds of years right up to the present and ongoing restoration that is taking place. We chose the English language tour and there were only 4 of us which made the experience very accessible. Robertas understated narration and depth of knowledge were a great way to gain insight into this part of Sicilian and European history.

Thank kim n
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