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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour provided by SANDEMANs New Europe - Madrid

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Overview
Take a deep dive into the history of the Spanish Inquisition with this dedicated tour. Visit key areas of the city that were settings for the tribunal and learn about the methods it used, its victims, and its lingering effects of the culture of Madrid.
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Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, Madrid, SpainYour Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Plaza Mayor. Look for the SANDEMANs NEW Europe team with a red t-shirt and red umbrella.
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    The Spanish Inquisition: one of the most mysterious and bloody institutions of European history to date, its brutal reign weighed heavy over Spain like a curse. With death tolls of an estimated 3000+ people, this era embodies a dark and troubling relic in the culture of Spain. On the tour we hear true stories of what happened in these very streets and buildings: we visit the old, now haunting jail of the Inquisition, and the site of one particularly dramatic mass trial. As we learn the history of the period and its Zeitgeist, we trace the origins and influence of the ‘Black Legend’ myth which influenced the way the Inquisition was perceived overseas. The climate of paranoia and persecution the Spanish Inquisition created was so overwhelming that its reputation outgrew its reality and it became what we know of it today: much-referenced but little understood.
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Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, Madrid, SpainYour Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Plaza Mayor. Look for the SANDEMANs NEW Europe team with a red t-shirt and red umbrella.
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Highlights
  • Explore Madrid through the lens of the Spanish Inquisition
  • See Madrid's top sights, like Plaza Mayor, and Monastery of the Encarnación
  • Learn about the history of the Inquisition from your guide
  • Tour departs from the centrally located Plaza Mayor
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Departure Point
Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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LauritaQ wrote a review Mar 2020
Houston, Texas201 contributions56 helpful votes
Joaquin is an amazing tour guide! He’s smart, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about history. Please join him for a tour on your next trip to Spain!
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Daniel B wrote a review Mar 2020
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Tour guide was superb, made a dark subject relevant to everyone. Great command of history! Kept everyone's interest for the 2+ hour tour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Clammy wrote a review Feb 2020
Norfolk3 contributions
Mr Sebastian was very professional, knowledgeable, accommodating, humble, and ecstatic about teaching history. He answered every inquiries with gusto and much needed detail. He was also honest about his feelings about how some people would believe wrongly about history. He
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Date of experience: February 2020
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PietroDeBlasi wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom47 contributions12 helpful votes
What a great tour, and what a character Alex is, I was half expecting a dry tour through the streets of Venice with an adenoidal guide pointing out how bad my education had been to this point. Alex was highly amusing and his delivery of what is quite a dark time in Spanish
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Date of experience: February 2020
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David S wrote a review Feb 2020
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Jovan was an excellenty snd well infoired guide. He delivered the tour with a great deal of energy and 'humour' which was fine - despite the grizley subject matter. Would thoroughly recommend this tour as part of a trip to Madrid.
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AlexF257
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Excellent tour with Sebastian
My wife and I took the free tour and we are very happy with the experience. The guide, Sebastian, is fun, knowledge
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146carlosh
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Terrible; no true historical knowledge (only fake propaganda and Black Legend)
I did this free walking tour with my wife (she's from the USA, I am a Spaniard) with Enrique. As a person who is ve
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Ricardoross1972
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Great tour
Great walking tour. Super knowledgeable about history and gave us some great suggests for places to eat!
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maryaQ7479EE
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Amazing, funny, informative guide!
Mari Carmen was our guide and she was full of energy! She was informative, but always have a fun twist on everythin
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moretzc
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The Spanish Inquisition Tour
This special topic tour provided a lot of information about the inquisition, Spanish history, and human nature in g
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WanderWomanMom
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Wonderful tour and introduction to Madrid!
We took this tour the day we arrived in Madrid - I'm so happy we did! It was a fantastic introduction to the city w
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Jelena M
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Tour with Sara
The tour was nice all though the current Situation and our guide Sara was really trying to get to know us and expla
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KarenTaunton
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Great tour
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Lexi was a great guide, very well informed and very entertaining. Great stories along
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selimo23
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Amazing experience with SEBASTIAN !!
We have spent wonderful moments during Sandemans Madrid tour. Thanks to Sebastian, we learned a lot about Spain's h
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geraldwjw
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Excellent Free Walking Tour by Mari Carmen
Mari was an excellent tour guide! Funny, knowledgeable and engaging. I’ve been on several Sandeman Tours around Eur
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Dženita D
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Fun and interactive
Mark was a great tour guide, he introduced Madrid through fun stories and focused on the important details. We love
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ingridkM3856YH
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Fun and informative tour with Mari del Carmen
This walking tour was a great way to get to know the history behind the beautiful city of Madrid's plazas, streets,
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478louisas
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Free Walking tour with Sebastian
We had a really good time. Some of Sebastian's tips were spot on and worth to check them out. The information he ga
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Meander238306
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Fabulous tour with Lexi!
Lexi is simply the best! Her grasp of history combined with great storytelling skill makes taking a tour with her w
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macpherson
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Fab free walking tour
Enjoyed our walking tour with Enrique, he was full of character, and very informative.This was our first visit to M
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