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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

From US$ 15.84 per person

Explore a darker side to Madrid on a spine-chilling walking tour, and hear about the mysteries and legacies of the Spanish Inquisition. Learn how it impacted the city and was perceived abroad. Visit key areas that were the setting for the bloody tribunal.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the origins of the Spanish Inquisition
  • Visit key areas of Madrid from the bloody tribunal, including the site of a mass trial
  • Go to the Royal Monastery of La Encarnación, and a jail used during the Spanish Inquisition
Full description
Explore one of the most mysterious and bloody institutions in European history on a walking tour of Madrid. Investigate the brutal period of the Spanish Inquisition and learn how it weighed over Spain like a curse. Hear how the ruthless founders oversaw the torture, repression and banishment of hundreds of innocent and terrified people, all In the name of religious orthodoxy. What began as an attempt to protect the sanctity of the Catholic church and the morality of the population swiftly became an oppressive regime that would leave a dark shadow over the history of Spain. Visit key areas of Madrid where the bloody tribunal took place, and hear the truth about the motives behind it and the people who ran it. Learn how more than 3,000 people were killed in 4 centuries during this troubling relic of Spain's cultural history. Listen in awe as your guide brings the streets and buildings to life. Visit an old and haunted jail from the Spanish Inquisition, and go to the site of a dramatic mass trial. Explore the origins and influences of the myth of the "Black Legend" and how it influenced the way the Spanish Inquisition was perceived abroad.
Includes
  • Walking tour
  • Local guide
  • Pick up or drop-off at your accommodation
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Children under 13 years old go free of charge with a valid ID
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Your tour itinerary may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 228 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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this is a five star rating for customer service. unfortunately the tour was cancelled because of lack of participants, but a representative from the company came and apologized and worked hard to connect with anyone who was expecting the tour to be able to refund or rebook. the company is organized and accountable, and I look forward to being able to take the tour soon!

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November 9, 2021

Jevon was a great guide. Highly knowledgable and enthusiastic about the subject. The Inquisition is long gone (thank God) so there are not a lot of direct visual referents to see. Jevon still showed us the main areas where Inquisitor activities took place. There was also lots of “extra” history thrown in to provide context for Inquisitions whys and wherefores. It definitely was a worthwhile tour. I highly recommend it.

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July 25, 2020

Really enjoyable and informative tour. The time flies by (2 - 2.5 hours), which is always a good sign. Joaquin, the Tour Guide, is extremely knowledgeable and he shares his knowledge in an engaging and entertaining manner, not an easy thing to do considering it’s covering a period of 350 years.

November 9, 2019

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