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Inquisitor's Palace

A careful reconstruction of the sophisticated eighteenth-century ambience adorns the only Inquisitor's Palace open to the public worldwide and a series of thematic exhibitions on popular culture in Malta Read More

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Malta 2020

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  • Valid until 1st Jan 2021
Recent Reviews
The large palace on three floors is well signed in English and Maltese to explain the Inquisition on Malta plus exhibits of Maltese life. It is interesting especially for adults with an interest in history. Read more
This is the place where so many people would have suffered the biased law of christianity during the middle ages. You could roam around the palace from the Inquisitor's bedroom to the 'court room' and the dungeons. This includes well preserved cells and their cesspits, the torture chamber and the internal courtyard. If you want to get a real sense of how life during the kinght's reign was in Malta and Europe I strongly suggest you visit this placve. It will only take you an hour or two and hence should be included in your itenerary when visting Birgu (Vittoriosa)Read more
They offer a student discount, so make sure to bring your ID. The Inquisitor's Palace explains the rich history of Malta and serves as a perfect background before exploring the island. The Palace is also a historical marvel with a nature-filled courtyard, rooms home to past nobility, and a small prison system used during the Inquisition. Built in the 16th century, also known as Sacred Palace, the Inquisitor's Palace has been well preserved and turned into a museum on Malta's Inquisition. The Palace has been used throughout history to house high ranking officials on the island, including the head Inquisitors coming from Rome. Before I visited this museum, I did not know what an inquisition was so I will define it here. defines the inquisition as "a powerful office set up within the Catholic Church to root out and punish heresy throughout Europe and the Americas." The inquisition is also a judicial process to determine who committed a crime against the Catholic Church, and what their punishment should be. The Inquisitor's Palace details the harsh Maltese Inquisition, showing visitors the exact place where trials would occur, how trials occur, and more uniquely, the small prison cells where those accused would await trial. The top two images in the collage to the right show the courtyards of the Palace. The middle photo of a statue is from inside the Palace, which contains many religious objects, paintings, and statues for the Catholic Church. The picture in the middle right is the hallway in the prison section of the Palace. The bottom right photo shows the view from inside a prison cell. Finally, the bottom picture is the trial room where a judge would decide the punishment for their crime against the church. Each cell and the trial room had extremely small doors that force the person entering or exiting to bow down, as to require them to bow down and acknowledge the power of God in every aspect of life. This museum taught me a lot about the Catholic Church and gave me an important background on the history of the island. I did not have time to enter this second museum, but very close to the Palace is the Malta at War Museum which is also a highly rated Maltese museum.Read more
A Baroque music concert was given at the Palace by a London based group, The music was superb and was even more exciting due to the setting; a baroque building erected by the Malta based Inquisitor. The concert was held in the main hall accessible through a regal stair case with steps deep enough and low enough to allow moving to the main floor on horseback. The hall itself had a painted high ceiling skirted by tapestry; altogether a memorable experience.Read more
The Palace is easy to find and is a very large building in the centre of the town. The building itself has a fascinating history being the private residence and working location of the Inquisitor and includes both a torture chamber and prison. The exhibits are interesting and are sufficiently explained. It certainly makes you think about the veracity and fairness of the inquisition process and how any 'truth' can ever be extracted by means of torture - a process that was practised and acceptable then. Entry to this Palace (and Fort St Angelo on a joint ticket) was only EUR 9.00 at h the senior rate). This is well worth visiting.Read more