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Museo de la Inquisición, Seville

Seville, Spain, Europe
Castillo de San Jorge
Plaza del Altozano
Spain 41010's insider take:

This museum explores one of the darkest periods in Spain's—and Seville's—history: the Inquisition. The Castillo de San Jorge in Triana, of which only the foundations remain, was the seat of these religious purges, which started in the late 15th century and largely targeted the wealthy Jewish population. Exhibits include a flashy multimedia presentation on topics such as judgment and abuse of power, but it's not until you reach the ruins of the castle itself, and the cells where the "heretics" were housed, that it all comes alive. Other highlights include a model of the original impenetrable castle, complete with chapel, stables, and streets; blown-up reproductions of Goya drawings of "suspects" wearing sinister X-marked tunics and pointed hats (signifying that they were under investigation); and a moving film about a (fictional) young woman accused of brujería (witchcraft). Don't expect gruesome instruments of torture; a visit here is an enlightening, if sobering, experience.Fiona Flores Watson

Open Mondays through Fridays 9 am to 2 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 1:45 pm.

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