We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Absolute Torture”

Palacio de los Olvidados
Ranked #30 of 186 things to do in Granada
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Cultural space in Granada about Sephardic culture and Inquisition. Visitors will enjoy the Sephardic Culture exhibition with original pieces from the century IV to XIX, the Inquisition exhibition with ancient instruments of torture, and wonderful views of the Alhambra. Spaces for events.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 19 September 2018

This museum has migrated from being sold as dedicated to the life and persecution of Sephardi Jews in Granada to being a slighhtly more worthy London Dungeon. Graphic descriptions of the numerous instruments of torture on display with some limited, if useful, information about the Spanish Inquisition far outweigh the limited and very ill-explained display of Sephardic artefacts and religious items. Give it a miss unless you like instruments of torture. The good view of the Alhambra from the roof terrace is not enough to justify the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LokShenLondon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sara Á, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2018
Google Translation

Thank you for your opinion.

Sincery,
Palacio de los Olvidados

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (308)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"jewish life"
in 18 reviews
"sephardic jews"
in 14 reviews
"instruments of torture"
in 15 reviews
"spanish inquisition"
in 10 reviews
"small museum"
in 8 reviews
"several floors"
in 2 reviews
"jewish families"
in 2 reviews
"english descriptions"
in 2 reviews
"modern times"
in 2 reviews
"muslim rule"
in 2 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 2 reviews
"on display"
in 4 reviews
"de los"
in 5 reviews
"artifacts"
in 29 reviews
"gruesome"
in 11 reviews
"torah"
in 6 reviews
"culture"
in 14 reviews
Filter

5 - 9 of 308 reviews

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

One floor is dedicated to explaining the Inquisition and its evil persecution of Marranos, former Jews who converted to Christianity, after the 1492 expulsion, and remained in Spain.
They were suspected of hidden practice of Judaism, or "heresy".
Accusing the Jews was a worthwile proposition for the Spanish authorities, as they could freely steal the property of the accused.
One floor displays grisly instruments of torture and execution.
Another floor displays items of Jewish life.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fane_Babanul
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sara Á, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

Thank you so much for your opinion. We are glad that you like our exhibitions.

Sincerely,
Palacio de los Olvidados

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I'd always been familiar with the inquisition, but to see it up close and learn even more history was amazing. At times it was quite hard to read the descriptions of some of the torture devices. It's amazing that humans are capable of such horrific things. To see a desk that at one time someone was sitting at and deciding the fate of thousands of people was unsettling. Definitely a story to be told and they did it very well here.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Tina G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sara Á, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you so much for your opinion. We are glad that you like our museum.

Sincerely,
Palacio de los Olvidados

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 August 2018

There are only a very few Jewish families left in Granada and this is a family run museum. I thought they did an excellent job of presenting information on Jewish life in Spain. The family was very friendly and we stayed quite a while. Interesting.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank txtfa001
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sara Á, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Our exhibition of Inquisition was created by Cultura Entretenida company and the exhibition of the Sephardic culture is from another owner but we manage it, but thanks anyway for your opinion.

Sincerely,
Palacio de los Olvidados

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Since Granada was known as “Granada al yahud” of the pilgrim, no stop to Granada should be considered historically educational without a visit to see the exhibit from Palacio de los Olvidados (palace of the forgotten). The exhibit was sobering at Santa Ines (b. 16th c), the home of a Jewish marrano, at Carrera del Darro. Morriscos or converts in 1568 rebelled, and in 1609, they were expelled; this affected the grape and silk industries (whereas Jews dominated the salt industry in Morocco). Children won’t be drawn to the Inquisicion museum, but on the second floor, all can see the cultural Sephardic exhibit, such as menorahs of the conversos and the dreidel played by them as well. Everything is historical sketches, in Spanish and English, except a skeleton suspended in a cage from the attic. The first and third floors depict the torture by which heretics and Jews mostly were killed during the three centuries of Catholic-led Inquisition. The top floor provides the best direct view of Alhambra and explains the Inquisition in depth on the backs of displayed banners. At 5:30 live music began clearly next door at the cafe, and in the Inquisicion museum, flamenco shows are performed nightly around 8 pm and again from 9:30. Ticket holders can return for a discount at reception, which also sells beverages. The price for shows range from 12/16 (child/student) to 18 euros. We paid 20 Euros (not 6 Euros each) by credit card for a family rate to the museum. There is no air con, so bringing a hand fan for the top floor is advisable. (If you want to start there, a summary sheet of the historical importance of the Inquisition is written on the back of the hanging poster, nearest the windows facing toward Alhambra.) There is a ramp to the main floor and washrooms, but no elevator to the other levels. There are some graduated stairs from the cobblestone sidewalk leading to/from Plaza Nuevo or Santa Maria church, which is a popular meeting point.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank AnLily
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sara Á, Director de Recepción at Palacio de los Olvidados, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you so much for your opinion. We are glad that you like our museum.

Sincerely,
Palacio de los Olvidados

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Palacio de los Olvidados also viewed

Granada, Province of Granada
Granada, Province of Granada
 
Granada, Province of Granada
 

Been to Palacio de los Olvidados? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing