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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

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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


  • 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
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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.
  • Walking tour
  • Local guide
  • Visit to the Royal Monastery of La Encarnación
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
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
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Do not skip this during your time in Madrid. Our guide Ms. Lexi H was absolutely amazing with her knowledge of the events that led to the Spanish Inquisition and the key events that took place during the 350+ years it was on. The buildings are still there, in plain sight, in downtown Madrid. Some walking involved, lots of history involved, zero boredom because of the marvelous storytelling skills of our guide.

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August 12, 2022

Sebastian is so incredibly knowledgable and passionate about The Inquisition. This is less a buildings/scenic spots sight seeing tour and more a very thorough history lesson about 400 years of horrific policy, antisemitism, and racism that was experienced in Spain during this time. Come ready to be given a ton of knowledge in a short span of time. Likely not best for children.

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July 29, 2022

The tour was interesting and the guide, Jaoquin, was very engaging and entertaining. It was incredibly hot on the evening I did the tour and the guide was good to stop at drinking fountains so we could fill up our water bottles — definitely take water with you. There isn’t a lot of walking, but there is a lot of standing around at the stops to listen to the stories and information, this became very tiring especially in the heat, so wear comfy shoes. It isn’t really a sightseeing tour, it’s more of a listening tour so don’t expect to see buildings etc. from the inquisition period.

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July 10, 2022

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