Palace of the Inquisition. Cartagena, Colombia

Next stop on our personal guided tour of Cartagena, Colombia was the Palace of the Inquisition.

The Palace of the Inquisition was constructed in the 18th century for the operation of the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. The building, built specifically for the Inquisition, is now a museum filled with creepy artifacts and historical archives. There are lots of ancient torture devices on display if that’s your thing. Pretty fascinating.

On the first floor, we got see all of the ‘tests’ that the accused had to go through to prove that they weren’t heretics. The questions weren’t very fair. The asked questions like, “So, how long have you been a witch?”, “Would you please tell me the the name of your master amongst the evil spirits?”, and “What demons and people attended your wedding?”.

We saw demonstrations of how the witches were weighed (If you drowned, you weren’t a witch, simple test to pass, right?). Then we moved on to the torture chamber room with an authentic ‘rack’ was on display. Cool stuff.

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