Inquisitor's Palace
Inquisitor's Palace
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Inquisitor's Palace, situated in the heart of Vittoriosa, is one of the very few surviving palaces of its kind which, in the early modern period could be found all over Europe and South America. Many of these palaces simply succumbed to the ravages of time or were victims of the anti-reactionary power unleashed by the French Revolution. Fortunately, the Maltese Inquisitor's Palace, throughout its five centuries of history, always hosted high-ranking officials representing the main powers on the island, who therefore ensured its survival.
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  • KmanWent
    Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No one expects the Roman inquisition...
    Quirky building containing all manner of rooms for the grand inquisitor, his staff, and the various miscreants being examined. A very informative history of inquisitors, the building's development, and its uses. Small admission price and a good collection of souvenirs, guidebooks etc. Well worth the trip to Birgu (Beer-Goo).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Serena C
    Cheshire, United Kingdom881 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good insight into Birgu and the inquisition!
    We went to see this palace on a joint ticket with Fort St Angelo. The good thing was that you didn't have to do both in the same day - that would have been too much culture! It was called the Harbour Combo! There is quite a lot of information on the Inquisition (not the Spanish one!) and how people were treated. The building itself is interesting too - lots of ups and downs!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 November 2023
  • KMKM
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something different and fun
    Really a good way to see Malta Knights history. It is well done and worth the visit. You can see in 45 min or take longer, it is located very near other major sites. Both kids and adults enjoyed this
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Matthew P
    London, United Kingdom5,456 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace with gruesome reminders
    Easy to find and full of interesting history. Lots to see and it is quite a large place. Loads of steps to climb. Interesting to see in the walls the changes as time went on and they made changes.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
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Matthew P
London, UK5,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Easy to find and full of interesting history. Lots to see and it is quite a large place. Loads of steps to climb. Interesting to see in the walls the changes as time went on and they made changes.
Written 23 May 2024
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58travellers
Melbourne197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Feel that this could be a better experience with better signage to explain some of the exhibits as well as a map of the museum so that you don’t miss anything. Still good to visit
Written 19 April 2024
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KMKM
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really a good way to see Malta Knights history. It is well done and worth the visit. You can see in 45 min or take longer, it is located very near other major sites. Both kids and adults enjoyed this
Written 28 March 2024
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WoodsieSolihull
Solihull35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very unusual attraction housed in a beautiful building with lovely gardens. I would imagine a practising Catholic would get a lot more out of it than us protestants. The Christmas crib display was nice.
Written 8 March 2024
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Serena C
Cheshire, UK881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We went to see this palace on a joint ticket with Fort St Angelo. The good thing was that you didn't have to do both in the same day - that would have been too much culture! It was called the Harbour Combo! There is quite a lot of information on the Inquisition (not the Spanish one!) and how people were treated. The building itself is interesting too - lots of ups and downs!
Written 7 November 2023
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morlandmonk
Devon, UK232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing place, and a grand day out if you catch the ferry from Valletta, as it is a short and scenic walk from the landing stage.
A fascinating insight into the history of the inquisition, and some incredible artefacts and documents, including an amazing early version of the prophesies of Nostradamus.
Written 13 September 2023
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Inquisition - the "faith" police of the Catholic church in medieval times - arrived to Malta in 1574 and stayed there until the French occupation in 1798.
The palace situated in Birgu was the residence of the inquisition , nowadays a museum where the visitor can learn about the institution of the Inquisition and its history in Malta.
The palace itself - built originally in 1530 - when the knights arrived to Malta, was refurbished, modified and extended between the 16th and 18th century in a mix of architectural styles getting its current shape.
The most work and extensions of the palace was done by the orders of the Inquisitor Fabio Chigi - he remained in history as Pope Alexander VII .
Now the visitor will go from room to room - starting with the kitchen and working his/hers way through the levels, seen on display furniture, paintings and sculptures ranging over several centuries, will learn about how the Inquisition was conducting trials and how it was influencing the life of the Maltese.
Overall a very interesting museum to visit - not only for Catholics but for everybody who has an interest in history.
Written 4 September 2023
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KmanWent
Ashby de la Zouch, UK185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Quirky building containing all manner of rooms for the grand inquisitor, his staff, and the various miscreants being examined. A very informative history of inquisitors, the building's development, and its uses. Small admission price and a good collection of souvenirs, guidebooks etc. Well worth the trip to Birgu (Beer-Goo).
Written 22 August 2023
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Claire W
Poole, UK112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Interesting place to visit but completely spoilt by the two massive groups of 40 odd tourists that we were stuck behind. We couldn't see anything properly. Not the fault of the place itself necessarily. What we could see was quite fascinating. However if you allow groups in it would be much fairer on other visitors if those groups were split up into smaller ones which means other visitors can freely pass or be able to view the exhibits.
Written 21 May 2023
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Debra H
Loughborough, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A very grand building, essentially financed and built by the Italian Pope of the day. It takes you back to the 1530 and the Knights of St John. There are some very lavish rooms with even more lavish decor and furniture. But equally there is the gruesome side. The Tribunal Room is more spartan but was the most important room in the Place. The prison was divided in two sections. Communal cells fro those awaiting trial and the penitentiary for those convicted. The torture chamber houses some seriously nasty stuff.
Written 13 May 2023
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