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Palacio de los Olvidados

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Shawn-Bahia wrote a review Sep 2020
Malaga, Spain92 contributions14 helpful votes
This is definitely a museum worth visiting. The different ways that people devised to torture people revealed how sick and demonic the people were during this era. It was shocking and jaw-dropping. Terms like savage and barbaric comes to mind. Ironically, an era in which they were attempting to 'civilize' other people in the world.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from palacioolvidados, Gerente at Palacio de los Olvidados
Responded 8 Oct 2020
Shawn- Bahia, thank you very much for the review and for your visit.
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Malcolm McD wrote a review Jan 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom365 contributions85 helpful votes
This is an interesting museum with exhibits of torture from the Inquisition. However, the main attraction for us was the Flamenco show in the small theatre which was magnificent.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Marina9O, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Thank you for visit the museum Palacio de los Olvidados, their three exhibitions and enjoy the show.
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bendansol wrote a review Dec 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia2 contributions9 helpful votes
Simply put, this is a museum that glorifies genocide. For me, someone who identifies as Jewish, traveling through southern Spain bares constant reminders of a culture that was completely erased. It's somewhat akin to traveling to Germany or Poland, which hold the brutal scars of a Nazi past. The history is more distant in Spain, but the scars of antisemitism are still present, and they are hard to miss. I went to "Palacio de Los Olvidados" (Palace of the Forgotten) hoping to learn the stories of the multitudes who were forced out or murdered, both Jews and Muslims. Instead, I found a museum that focused on the perpetrators of genocide. It presented the horrors with, at best, indifference and, at worse, reverence. It left me feeling deeply uncomfortable. The first floor contains an incongruous exhibit on Flamenco, which is a beautiful art form but completely out of place in a museum on some of history’s most gruesome atrocities. Imagine if a Holocaust museum had an exhibit on Oktoberfest. The second floor has all manner of torture devices, presented with grim fascination. The information placards focus almost exclusively on the effectiveness of the devices in extracting confessions or inflicting punishment. They rarely mention the cruelty or injustice of using such devices, particularly as a means of religious persecution. Throughout the museum, the descriptions absolve or sympathize with the people who committed these gross crimes against humanity. Some examples: Religious minorities are referred to as having “erroneous faith stubbornly defended and sustained.” The presence of Jews in Spain is described as the “Jewish problem” without much further context. A torture device is unironically described as “fabulous.” And this: “The ruthless action of the courts involved all segments of the population, rich and poor, women, men, children and aged, without any difference of treatment due to class or age. In this sense, there is no doubting the equity of the Inquisition.” (I have never in my life heard religious persecution described as equitable. Reading this passage was galling.) In this palace, the forgotten remain forgotten. I don't believe that the oversight comes from a place of malice on the part of the curators, but that doesn’t make it excusable. I come from the United States, a country that expanded its power through the expulsion and murder of the American Indians (and many other groups). My country also struggles to reconcile and even name its genocidal past. However, coming to terms with a bloody history starts with unequivocally condemning that history. Failing to do so is an implicit acceptance of extreme hatred. I encourage the curators to reconsider the museum content in light of these concerns.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Marina9O, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados
Responded 30 Dec 2019
The Palacio de los Olvidados Museum is an exhibition space, which is dedicated to different themes: Flamenco, an interactive experience, Inquisition, ancient instruments of torture and Photography by Juanma Maroto. I am sorry to inform you that at no time our museum offers an exhibition on Jewish culture, and the museum doesn't glorifies de genocide. The inquisition exhibition explore a part of our medieval history and this dark period. Every client is informed from the first moment of the exhibitions he is going to visit. The ground floor offers a Flamenco exhibition since flamenco shows are held every night, the second floor is for the main exhibition, and the last floor is dedicated to Granada and the Alhambra since from it you can see great views from the same city. We are sorry that you visited our museum and not achive your expectations. Thank you for your comment.
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finman66 wrote a review Dec 2019
New York98 contributions69 helpful votes
I've been to other "torture" museums with a more extensive collection of antique instruments -- this exhibit does a solid job checking the boxes with a sampling of items -- but what I really liked was the well-researched, clear series of posters describing the history the led over centuries to the inquisition, particularly the political and religious history underlying what made Spain special (in a bad way) in this regard. The flamenco history on the ground floor was similar -- the placards with some history were moderately interesting, the actual exhibits not that impressive.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Marina9O, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados
Responded 9 Dec 2019
Dear Finman66, Thank you so much for your comment. It's really good to know your impression and your experience in our museum. We hope that you can return soon! Thanks
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DavidZ444 wrote a review Nov 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel2 contributions2 helpful votes
No nonsense, totally non-touristy, pure, neat, brilliant flamenco performance: one wonderful singer, one magical, virtuous guitarist, two marvelous dancers - a man and a woman - and a powerfully moving performance. Don’t miss it!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Marina9O, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados
Responded 21 Nov 2019
Thanks David for your comment. We recommend you visit the next time our museum and their exhibitions, especially Flamenco Interactive Experience.
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