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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

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Address: Piazza Marina 61, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 091 607 5306
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Enter the worst former prison and the best University meeting context. UNESCO reccomended, in the Arab and Norman treasures way from Monreale, to Palermo, to Cefalù

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enter the worst former prison and the best University meeting context. UNESCO reccomended, in the Arab and Norman treasures way from Monreale, to Palermo, to Cefalù

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The Palazzo can only be visited on a tour, and there is a park with sprawling banyan trees right in front of it where you can cool your heels until the next one begins. It is well worth it. The building is lovely but the main attraction here is the role it played during the Inquisition, when its high-ceilinged rooms... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Here you will take a tour of where the Spanish Inquisition went on. The tour is about an hour and with all things in Palermo - only a minimal charge. Don't miss it as you can see the prisoners drawings and writings. Many of these prisoners were scholars.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is a building that housed prisoners of the inquisition. The upper floors are okay but the lower floors are the interesting part with lots of elaborate graffiti left by the prisoners.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We turned up at 1140 on a Wednesday and luckily enough there was an English language tour at 1200. It was a fascinating tour around a beautiful old palace, and provided a unique insight into Sicilian life over the last 1000 years. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

This UNESCO site is only available for private tours as it is attached to the university administration. The visit can be in English, French, or Italian for 8€ per adult (3€ for UNESCO employees, free for kids). It lasts an hour and explores the 14th c castle as well as prison cells with original graffiti from when the complex was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I never understood the scope of the Inquisition until I visited this museum, that is housed in this 2 story mansion. Educated Catholics who did not support the inquisition were thrown into this prison over a period of 500 years. The museum is staffed with university students who give interesting tours. The prisoners' artwork is quite moving!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I'm speaking specifically about the inquisition museum which is by piazza marina. I highly recommend a tour to have a far superior understanding of the significance of the gems of this place. Our guide was fantastic with a great knowledge of the place and periods involved and spoke of different interesting topics.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is a huge building, part of the university in the Moorish quarter. You have to take a tour either 8 or 5 Euros depending on age. You see the magnificent main rooms but the amazing part is the prison quarters. It was used as a prison for at least 200 years and much of the graffiti is still there.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

You have to go on a guided tour and the guide was good. I would have given 5 stars if she hadn't also taken some Italians on the supposedly English tour that was supposed to take an hour so you only got have half of the hour of the tour in English which was frustrating. We found the museum by... More 

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